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PostPosted: 17 Feb 2009, 10:34 
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Founder of Islamic TV station accused of beheading wife

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NEW YORK (CNN) -- The founder of an Islamic television station in upstate New York aimed at countering Muslim stereotypes has confessed to beheading his wife, authorities said.

Muzzammil Hassan was charged with second-degree murder after police found the decapitated body of his wife, Aasiya Hassan, at the Bridges TV station in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park, said Andrew Benz, Orchard Park's police chief.

Hassan was arrested Thursday.

His wife filed for divorce January 6, and police had responded to several domestic violence calls at the couple's home, Benz said.

Hassan went directly to the police station after his wife's death and confessed to killing her, Benz told CNN. Benz declined to give further details.

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He had two children, 4 and 6, with his wife. He had two other children, 17 and 18, from his previous marriage.

He launched Bridges TV, billed as the first English-language cable channel targeting Muslims inside the United States, in 2004. At the time, Hassan said he hoped the network would balance negative portrayals of Muslims following the attacks of September 11, 2001.

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PostPosted: 17 Feb 2009, 10:36 
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Muslim Television Channel Founder Charged With Beheading His Wife

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FOXNEWS - The estranged wife of a Muslim television executive feared for her life after filing for divorce last month from her abusive husband, her attorney said — and was then found beheaded Thursday in his upstate New York television studio.

Aasiya Z. Hassan, 37, was found dead on Thursday at the offices of Bridges TV in Orchard Park, N.Y., near Buffalo. Her husband, Muzzammil Hassan, 44, has been charged with second-degree murder.

"She was very much aware of the potential ramification her filing for divorce might have," said attorney Elizabeth DiPirro, whose law firm, Hogan Willig, represented Aasiya Hassan in the divorce proceeding. "But she wanted to proceed despite the potential for it to erupt."

DiPirro said the couple had "physical confrontations off and on" for their entire eight-year marriage that had recently escalated to death threats. The grounds for divorce were "cruel and inhuman treatment," DiPirro said, referring to mulitple prior incidents of abuse. She declined to elaborate.

"We were worried about the situation becoming volatile," DiPirro said.

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DiPirro said Aasiya was a brave mother who sought a better life for her young children.

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PostPosted: 17 Feb 2009, 10:37 
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'Monster decapitated my sister'

News24, Cape Town - An Elsies River woman is concerned about her sister's children, after her brother-in-law allegedly decapitated her sister in the US.

Asma Firfirey, 42, on Monday wanted to know how her brother-in-law could still be in charge of the children.

The brother-in-law was due to appear in a Buffalo court on Tuesday to argue for custody of their children.

Firfirey said she and her husband, Amier, 49, were talking to her sister, Aasiya, 37, on the telephone last Thursday, when they heard her tell her husband, Muzzammil Hassan, 44, to calm down and that they could talk the following day about the divorce.

Then they heard sounds that sounded like her sister was struggling to breathe.

On Friday, they were informed by a family member that her sister had died.

"I can only imagine how scared and emotional she must have been before she died."

Hassan was last week arrested after allegedly decapitating his wife at his business, Bridges TV.

Police are still searching for the weapon, reported a local newspaper, Buffalo News.

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PostPosted: 17 Feb 2009, 10:38 
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OMG--- She was recently featured in a parenting magazine and their station as a beacon of peace.

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PostPosted: 17 Feb 2009, 10:42 
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Apparently the plane crash has overshadowed this in the news of late ...

What, Western New York can only have one news story at a time?

(And if so, then why do our police make the news for stealing donuts on security cameras? Too bad it seem to be all or nothing so much of the time. :cheeky: )


But yeah, for a guy trying to give a good example of Muslim non-violence, I think this might tarnish that just slightly ... :banghead:

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PostPosted: 17 Feb 2009, 10:55 
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It does to me.

I feel like I *knew* these people, since they've been in national and local news for so long...

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PostPosted: 17 Feb 2009, 11:03 
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[derail :rant: ] wtf? We're Western NY , not upstate! jeez. [/derail :rant:]

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PostPosted: 25 Feb 2009, 15:15 
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Man accused of wife's beheading appears in court

(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 the district attorney.

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, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III. The case will go before a grand jury in the next 45 days. In the meantime, Hassan will be jailed without bond.

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.

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Gruesome killing prompts US Muslims to defend faith, denounce domestic violence

By ERIC GORSKI

Associated Press - The crime was so brutal, shocking and rife with the worst possible stereotypes about their faith that some U.S. Muslims thought the initial reports were a hoax.

The harsh reality of what happened in an affluent suburb of Buffalo, N.Y. — the beheading of 37-year-old Aasiya Hassan and arrest of her estranged husband in the killing — is another crucible for American Muslims.

Here was a couple that appeared to be the picture of assimilation and tolerance, co-founders of a television network that aspired to improve the image of Muslims in a post 9-11 world.

Now, as Muzzammil "Mo" Hassan faces second-degree murder charges, those American Muslims who have spoken out are once again explaining that their faith abhors such horrible acts, and they are using the tragedy as a rallying cry against domestic violence.

The killing and its aftermath raise hard questions for Muslims — about gender issues, about distinctions between cultural and religious practices, and about differing interpretations of Islamic texts regarding the treatment of women.

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PostPosted: 18 Sep 2009, 22:36 
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The Orchard Park man accused of beheading his wife was back in court Friday morning for a pre-trial hearing.

Muzzammil Hassan's attorney is looking to present evidence of extreme emotional disturbance.

In February, Aasiya Hassan was found dead inside Bridges, the Islamic television studio her family owned.

Defense attorney Jim Harrington says the possible defense characterizes Hassan's state of mind at the time of the incident and is different than an insanity plea.

Harrington filed paperwork with the court on September 15th, six months after Hassan was arraigned. It consisted of one line stating his intent to present psychiatric evidence.

Assistant district attorney Colleen Curtin-Gable argued that was inadequate because such paperwork should be filed within 30 days of arraignment and also because Hassan's attorney did not provide specifics.

Harrington says he was unable to file the particulars because of difficulty in retaining a psychiatric expert. Hassan's assets were frozen after his wife's estate filed a civil wrongful death lawsuit.

Judge Thomas P. Franczyk granted the defense until September 30th to provide the prosecution with more detailed information, including the name of the psychiatric expert, mental issues that may be raised, and the expert's general medical opinion regarding the case.

If Hassan's legal counsel is successful, a defense of extreme emotional disturbance could lower the current second degree murder charge to first degree manslaughter.

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And like all insane men, he's defending himself.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Mo Hassan, the Orchard Park resident who admitted to beheading his wife in February of 2009 was told by an Erie County Court Judge Monday morning that there is a chance he will end up defending himself once the trial begins next year.

Judge Thomas Franczyk told Hassan he must sign a retainer agreement with his attorney, Jeremy Schwartz or else Hassan will end up representing himself when the trial begins on January 10, 2011.

Schwartz seemed to think the two men would be able to work out an agreement and was present in court on Monday.

"I have advised Mr. Hassan and the court, as long as he signs my retainer agreement before trial, I will be there as his council," Schwartz said.

When asked about why an agreement had not been reached yet, Schwartz responded "strictly financial."

Hassan says he beheaded his wife because he was a victim of repeated domestic violence.



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BUFFALO, NY - Muzzammil "Mo" Hassan is scheduled to stand trial next week for beheading his wife.

Hassan is expected to sign a retainer to have Attorney Jeremy Schwartz represent him during the trial.

In court on Tuesday morning, Schwartz said Hassan has agreed to sign a retainer.

Jury selection begins before Erie County Court Judge Thomas Franczyk on January 10th.

The defense said on Tuesday there is a pool of around 100 prospective jurors.

Hassan, 45, is charged with second-degree murder, accused of killing his wife, Aasiya, inside the Bridges TV station in Orchard Park in February 2009.

The trial is expected to last three to four weeks.

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BUFFALO, NY - With the start of his murder trial less than a week away, the attorney for Muzzammil Hassan was called back to Erie County Court Thursday morning to be pressed for an answer on whether or not they will be pursuing a "battered spouse" defense.

In court, Hassan's attorney, Jeremy Schwartz, told Judge Thomas Franczyk that is their intention and that they expect to have an expert witness testify to that effect. When questioned for specifics outside the courtroom, Schwartz declined to comment.

Jury selection is set to get underway Monday for Hassan, the Orchard Park man accused of beheading his wife, Aasiya, in their Bridges TV studio in Februrary, 2009.

The prosecution argued that in March 2009, the defense was given 30 days to request a psychiatric evaluation. Twenty-one months have passed since that deadline was issued.

On Wednesday, the prosecution contacted three doctors that the defense said might testify, but the doctors claimed they were told months ago they would not be a part of the trial.

In court Tuesday, Schwartz said Hassan had agreed to sign a retainer, making the attorney the fourth lawyer to represent the 45-year-old defendant since his arrest.

A jury of 12 will be chosen from a pool of around 100 prospective jurors. The trial is expected to last three to four weeks.


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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Erie County Court judge Thomas Franczyk ruled against Mo Hassan's request to have the Erie County District Attorney's office removed from his case, on Friday morning.

Hassan's attorney Jeremy Schwartz also made motions to dismiss the indictment and charge D.A. Frank Sedita with contempt of court. Those motions were also denied.

Hassan is accused of beheading his wife back in February of 2009. Hassan admitted to the act in an exclusive holding center interview with Two On Your Side but said he killed his wife because he was the victim in an abusive relationship.

On Thursday, Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita accused the defense of delaying the case as they worked on putting together their battered spouse syndrome defense.

Judge Franczyk admonished Sedita in court on Friday for his comments concerning Hassan's defense and the length of the case.

Jury selection is set to get underway Monday.

A jury of 12 will be chosen from a pool of around 100 prospective jurors. The trial is expected to last three to four weeks.

Two On Your Side had a crew in the courtroom on Friday and will update wgrz.com and have a report on Channel 2 News First at Five.

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Yes, it's all true.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Jury selection began this morning in the trial of Mo Hassan, the Orchard Park man who admitted to beheading his wife in February 2009.

The first of the potential jurors entered the courtroom around 10:45 a.m. A jury of 12 will be chosen from a pool of around 100 prospective jurors. The trial is expected to last three to four weeks.

About a dozen people lined up to discuss physical and/or mental disabilities that may prevent them from sitting on the jury.

Hassan was in court for the jury selection process and did not appear to be handcuffed or shackled.

Initially, only three members of the media - one from radio, television, and print - were allowed inside of the courtroom because of limited space. The judge said more media will be allowed in once potential jurors are dismissed and there is more room.

On Friday, Erie County Court judge Thomas Franczyk ruled against Hassan's request to have the Erie County District Attorney's office removed from his case.

Hassan's attorney Jeremy Schwartz also made motions to dismiss the indictment and charge D.A. Frank Sedita with contempt of court. Those motions were also denied.

Hassan is charged with second degree murder in the beheading of his wife, Aasiya in February 2009. Hassan admitted to the act in an exclusive holding center interview with Two On Your Side but said he killed his wife because he was the victim in an abusive relationship.

On Thursday, Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita accused the defense of delaying the case as they worked on putting together their battered spouse syndrome defense.

Judge Franczyk admonished Sedita in court on Friday for his comments concerning Hassan's defense and the length of the case.

Stay with wgrz.com throughout the day for the latest updates.

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