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TV boss Muzzammil Hassan found guilty of beheading wife

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Aasiya and Muzzammil Hassan

Prosecutors said Hassan became enraged that wife Aasiya sought to gain control of her own life

A New York television executive has been convicted of stabbing his wife to death and beheading her.

A jury found Pakistan-born Muzzammil Hassan guilty of second-degree murder in the 2009 death of Aasiya Hassan six days after she filed for divorce.

Hassan never denied killing her but said she had abused him and that he had acted in self-defence. He served as his own lawyer during the three-week trial.

Hassan, who founded a Muslim-oriented TV network, could face life in prison.

Prosecutors argued Hassan abused his wife and planned the attack in a hallway at Bridges TV, a satellite channel he set up in 2004 in an effort to counter negative portrayals of Muslims following the 9/11 terror attacks.

He was arrested in 2009 after he walked into a police station in the city of Buffalo, in upstate New York, and told officers his wife was dead.

Mrs Hassan, 37, had filed for divorce after enduring domestic violence, her lawyer told the Buffalo News newspaper in 2009.

The couple had been married for eight years and had two children.

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February 8, 2011 at 2:53 am

Orchard Park Man Pleads Not Guilty in Wife’s Beheading

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Posted By: Dave McKinley Date last updated: 3/15/2009 9:11:16 PM

Aasiya & Muzzammil Hassan

Muzzammil Hassan arraigned hours before a special memorial service is held for his wife . Another service is planned for this weekend.

Muzzammil Hassan is charged with one count of second-degree murder for the Feb. 12 death of his wife, Aasiya, whose body was found beheaded at the offices of Bridges TV in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park.

Hassan, 44, founded the Muslim-American television channel in 2004 saying he hoped to balance negative portrayals of Muslims in the post 9-11 world. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 16, 2009 at 6:53 am

Night Of The Beheading

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by Asra Q. Nomani

February 28, 2009 | 7:08am

Muzzammil Hassan

Bridges TV / AP Photo

In a Daily Beast exclusive, Asra Q. Nomani uncovers horrific new details about the evening Muzzammil Hassan allegedly murdered his wife while their young children waited in a nearby car. Plus, new details about the history of their abusive marriage—including a police report from a family trip. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 3, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Beheading and Religious Profiling

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American Muslim leaders have been quick to condemn the beheading of a woman by her Muslim husband in Buffalo, saying it has nothing to do with religion. Is there a connection between religion and domestic violence?

By Aloysious Mowe


In April 2008 Jean Pierre Orlewicz was convicted in Michigan for the murder of Daniel Sorensen. The latter was stabbed, and then beheaded. Harrel Johnson was convicted in October 2008 for the murder of his step-daughter, Erica Green, in Missouri. The 3-year-old child was decapitated with hedge-clippers. In the same month, William Perry was indicted for the beheading murder of Brett Smith in Ohio. In Canada last July, Vince Weiguang Li stabbed and then beheaded a man on a Greyhound bus traveling from Edmonton to Winnipeg. Six months later, Virginia Tech student Haiyang Zhu was accused of decapitating a fellow student, Xin Yang. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 27, 2009 at 10:44 am

Deadly Family Secrets – More Information on the Aasiya Hassan Case

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by Asra Q. Nomani

February 23, 2009 | 7:24am

Muzzammil Hassan

Bridges TV / AP Photo

When Muzzammil Hassan went off his psychiatric medications, he turrned into a violent brute, according to sources. So why did the local Muslim community do nothing to help his terrified wife Aasiya escape her domestic hell?

In the 1990s, a rising 30-something Pakistani-American sat in the living room of a ranch house in the suburbs of Rochester, N.Y., where one of the aunties of the American-Muslim community lived, and he bellowed in rage about his 20-something Pakistani wife, Sadia: “She doesn’t look good. She doesn’t work. She is a good for nothing.” Read the rest of this entry »

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February 23, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Man accused of wife’s beheading appears in court

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Wife Beheaded

  • Story Highlights
  • Muzzammil Hassan, accused of beheading wife, waived right to felony hearing
  • Hassan, founder of Bridges TV, charged with second-degree murder
  • Hassan will be jailed without bail while case goes to grand jury
  • If convicted, he faces a sentence of 15 years to life

(CNN) — A Buffalo, New York-area man accused of beheading his estranged wife made his first appearance in court Wednesday to face murder charges, according to CNN affiliate WKBW.

Muzzammil Hassan, 44, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 37-year-old wife, Aasiya Zubair Hassan, days after she filed for divorce and was granted a restraining order against him.

In court Wednesday, Hassan waived his right to a felony hearing, WKBW said. The case will go before a grand jury. In the meantime, Hassan will be jailed without bail.

If convicted, he faces a sentence of 15 years to life, WKBW reported, citing prosecutors.

Muzzammil Hassan went to the police station in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park on Thursday and told officers that his wife was dead, authorities have said. He also led them to her body at the offices of Bridges TV.

The couple began the network in 2004 to counter negative Muslim stereotypes; Muzzammil Hassan is its chief executive officer, and Aasiya Hassan was general manager.

Aasiya Hassan filed for divorce February 6, police said, and Muzzammil Hassan was served with divorce papers at the station. That night, he showed up at the couple’s home, she notified authorities, and he was served with a restraining order.

Police had responded to several domestic violence calls at the couple’s address, but no one was arrested, Orchard Park Police Chief Andrew Benz said Tuesday. However, two women claiming to be Aasiya Hassan’s sisters — one in Pakistan and one in South Africa — told reporters and posted in a blog that she lived in fear of him.

Bridges TV released a statement Monday saying its staff members were “deeply shocked and saddened by the murder of Aasiya Hassan and the subsequent arrest of Muzzammil Hassan. Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to the families of the victim.”

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February 19, 2009 at 1:08 am

Domestic violence: Moving beyond the slogans

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For as long as I can remember, when faced with sensationalistic media coverage of terrorism that immediately blames Islam for the acts of Muslims, I have responded confidently that such connections are simplistic and untrue. With the 9/11 attacks, my religious identity became inextricably linked with my spokesperson self, and in recent years, I have found it increasingly difficult to distinguish between the spiritual and the controversial – to find the faith among social commentary.

I am sure the same can be said of many of us who are concerned about how Islam is handled by the media and perceived by the American public. In rushing to defend Islam, we often find our connection with Islam somehow reduced to soundbytes; Islam’s principles are simplified to convenient factual tidbits. Islam is a religion of peace, jihad is largely about the struggle for inner purification, Islam gave women their rights well before any other civilization did, and so on. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 18, 2009 at 8:15 pm


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