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TV Exec Convicted In Wife’s Beheading

From a non-judgmental Associated Press:

Jury Convicts New York TV Executive of Beheading Wife

February 07, 2011 | Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The founder of a Muslim-oriented New York television station was convicted Monday of beheading his wife in 2009 in the studio the couple had opened to counter negative stereotypes of Muslims after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Even those stalwart defenders of the faith at the Associated Press had to snicker at that one.

Muzzammil "Mo" Hassan never denied that he killed Aasiya Hassan inside the suburban Buffalo station the couple established to promote cultural understanding. A jury deliberated for one hour before rejecting his claim that the killing was justified because he was long abused by and afraid of his wife

The Pakistan-born Hassan, 46, had been served with divorce papers a week before his wife’s body was found at the offices of Bridges TV in Orchard Park, where the couple also lived. Hassan was arrested after walking into the Orchard Park police station Feb. 12, 2009, and calmly telling officers his wife, who was slender and several inches shorter than him, was dead.

"Bridges"? Isn’t that what the builders of the Ground Zero mosque want to build, too? Maybe that word has a different meaning in Arabic.

Prosecutor Colleen Curtin Gable said Hassan bought two hunting knives less than an hour before the attack, parked his luxury vehicle out of view at the station and then hid in wait inside. During a 37-second frenzy that began when Hassan’s wife walked through the door, he stabbed her more than 40 times in the face, back and chest and decapitated her. Surveillance video captured some of the attack inside a darkened hallway

Hassan spent his two-hour closing remarks describing himself as a slave to his wife’s rages. He said he was let down by a domestic-violence system that refuses to recognize men as victims.

He said a "religion of patriarchy" in the domestic-violence system had "unleashed a bloodbath on American women because battered men have no legal way out."

Somehow we thought America would be to blame. And its crazy "religion of patriarchy."

But Hassan never produced any witnesses or evidence to corroborate his abuse claims, unlike prosecutors, who cited numerous police reports filed by his wife and her medical records to prove she was the battered spouse…

The Hassans started the Bridges TV network in 2004, saying they wanted to counter negative stereotypes and media portrayals of Muslims in a post-9/11 world and provide programming for the growing Muslim-American population.

Instead they have proved once and for all that the "negative stereotypes" are all too often true.

Bridges TV continues to broadcast.

In the months leading up to his trial, Hassan had explored various versions of a psychiatric defense with different attorneys, who said they would pursue an acquittal by showing the killing was justified

From the start, his lawyers dismissed suggestions that culture played a role in the killing

Where did that bizarre notion ever come from?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, February 8th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “TV Exec Convicted In Wife’s Beheading”

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    Next up, Hassan will be Obama’s choice to head up the new “president’s council for battered women”.

    Seems a logical next step.

  2. proreason

    ok, so he beheaded her. But let’s put it in context. What had she done to make him do it?

    Dress in something other than a burlap bag? Speak without permission? Drive a car?

    Until you understand the provocation, you can’t really come up with a government program to apologize to him for whatever it was she did. The only alternative is to just give him a bunch of cash, or some oil wells or fighter jets, or something.

    And besides, what if it turns out she was a conservative? That would change everything.

  3. wardmama4

    Isn’t it interesting that no where in this ‘news’ account of Hassan’s murder conviction – was there mention that the stellar muslim had been married twice before and that both ex-wives sued for divorce for the exact same reason as the third Mrs. Hassan – domestic abuse.

    And what a cowardly piece of scum – to attempt to play the victim as an excuse for murder – I have to think that perhaps the 3rd Mrs. Hassan might have had more than a ‘prompting him to set up a station to show their children to be proud of being muslim’ interest in Bridges tv. Or perhaps he just didn’t want to pay alimony again.

  4. Petronius

    AP : “Prosecutor Colleen Curtin Gable said Hassan bought two hunting knives less than an hour before the attack….”

    Whoa! Isn’t this a job for the Bloomberg task force? Time for Mayor Michael Bloomberg to dispatch his team of undercover investigators to Buffalo?

    What about the hunting knife waiting period? And did Mr Hassan pass the mandatory federal background check? And what about the one-knife limit?

    We gotta close the knife-show loophole. And keep those knives off the streets.

    And tell the knife-nut lobby to bugger off.

    Jeez.

    • proreason

      If Sarah Palin wasn’t a hunter, this never would have happened.

      You can’t be dressing game in full public view without consequences.

  5. TerryAnne

    How come it took one hour to deliberate that?!?! Should have been pretty cut-and-dried.

    Oh…there I go again with logic and thinking we’re a normal country still.

  6. beautyofreason

    What a feckless savage.

    Anyway, it’s impossible to escape a stereotype if that stereotype happens to be true.

    From the Bridges TV lineup:

    1. Tea with Hezbollah: “Middle East expert Carl Medearis talks to Bridges TV about his trip through the Muslim World, going into detail about his meetings with various leaders of terrorist organizations.”

    2. An interview with Yvonne Ridley: “Bridges TV sits down with Yvonne Ridley as she discusses her capture by the Taliban, her unexpected release and later conversion to Islam.”

    Gee, warms my heart.

    3. The Deen Show: “The Deen Show strives to provide the correct information about Islam to Muslims and non-Muslims alike from authentic sources which include The Quran and The Sunnah.”

    I guess this is the Shariah law expert?

    4. Deported, A story of forced exile: “A powerful documentary that follows the journey of five asylum seekers who have been rejected from countries they made momentous journeys to get to.”

    Sob.

    5. Broken Promises: “When American agents in Sweden deport 2 Egyptian men, the question of how far is too far when fighting terrorism is raised.”

    Uh oh, we’re too hard on terrorists.

    6. Another Pakistan: “Takes a different look at a country widely perceived as backward, dangerous and a hotbed for terrorism, driven by Islamic fundamentalism at odds with the modern age.”

    That’s all good and well…except for the fact that Pakistan IS a hot bed for terrorism.

    7. Prominent Scholars: “Imam Siraj Wahaj, John Esposito and Imama Johari discuss the true teachings of Islam”

    Another show on Shariah law.

    8. Jewish Law: “There are a number of Jewish traditions and practices that go unobserved and unnoticed by the modern secular world. This compelling fly-on-the-wall series reveals something fascinating about the laws, traditions and the philosophy of Judaism.”

    Anti-Semitic? Not sure. But Jewish people seem to prefer secular laws far more than Muslims do. I wonder if the goal here is to make Jewish laws sound comparable to the Islamic law that Muslims crave in Western countries.

    9. Adbal Hakim Murad: “Lectures on Repentance, Patience and Gratitude, Fear and Hope, and Poverty and Renunciation.”

    A third Shariah law “expert.” From one of his articles on Islam in the 20th century: “Dazzled by the triumph of the West, and informed in subtle ways by their own well-documented commitment to Freemasonry, these men urged Muslims to throw off the shackles of taqlid, and to reject the authority of the Four Schools [of Shariah].”

    Why do I again not like where this is going? Freemasonry conspiracy theories, viewing the West as dazzling or decadent, using it as an excuse to blame “corruption” of Shariah law, which is presumed to be perfect when unaltered. Traditional shariah law, according to all four schools, includes the execution of ex-Muslims, by the way.

    And it may be of note that Mr. Murad did a full lecture series on how Muslims should respond to “extreme Christian radicals.” He must have forgotten that his religion supports apostasy laws and Christianity does not.

    Bridges TV sounds like a good bit of propaganda aside from the movies and nature shows. I know they are trying to put a positive spin on things, but why do these titles not make me feel any better?

    P.S. The site’s news guide doesn’t contain any mention of their founder and his beheading. I wonder why?

    • canary

      I noticed that too. The biggest news of their Founders beheading did not make their news.

      They do have an add for a Sharia Law Ccompliant investment solutions company.
      Ford Auto continued their sponsorship. Pretty nice considering the muslims ran them out of Michigan.

      “The AXIS of EVIL Comedy Tour” childrens book is available in the young kiddie section.
      And they have the Bubble Town fishy cartoon and their own super hero cartoons. ..

  7. Liberals Demise

    He said a “religion of patriarchy” in the domestic-violence system had “unleashed a bloodbath on American women because battered men have no legal way out.” …

    SEE?
    You can’t be friends or love a rabid dog!!
    “YOU’VE GOTTA PUT ‘EM DOWN!!”

  8. merkelerk

    Don’t be overly critical of the jury and the 1 hour of deliberations.

    Having listened to much of the trial (on the radio, reported via twitter), it was quite apparent that the jury didn’t want to be accused of bias or of having made up their minds from the start. It has been suggested that for the jury to return a verdict too quickly might look bad and give Hassan leverage in an appeal.

    Hassan purchased two hunting knives an hour prior to the murder and lured his (abusive) wife to the station where he spent 37 seconds stabbing her 40 times and beheading her. That takes planning and practice, second degree murder my *ss.

    Sentencing is scheduled for March 9, but will likely be delayed due to appeal.




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