"Moderate" New York Muslim Leader Who Lopped Off Wife's Head Claims He Was the Real Victim (Video)
Muzzammil Hassan was a community leader and a so called “moderate” Muslim. He was the founder and Chief Executive of Bridges TV a show started to help combat the negative perceptions of Islam and also to build bridges to the non-Muslim world.
Then last year Muzzammil beheaded his wife.
Guess he wasn’t so moderate, huh?
Muzzammil Hassan and his wife Aasiya Z. Hassan. (WIVB)
Now Mussammil claims he was the victim of spousal abuse. He was even embarrassed in public. It was so bad that after she filed for divorce he lopped her head off.
WIVB has a video report:
The Buffalo News reported:
The cable TV executive accused of beheading his wife in Orchard Park last year now claims he was the one humiliated and abused.
Through his new lawyer, Muzzammil S. “Mo” Hassan claimed Friday that he was a “battered spouse” who was left emotionally out of control by the constant abuse his wife inflicted on him.
Hassan’s lawyer, Frank M. Bogulski, called the legal defense the first of its kind in the country.
“The spouse was the dominant figure in this relationship,” Bogulski told a reporter afterward. “He was the victim. She was verbally abusive. She had humiliated him.”
The allegations prompted an immediate rebuke from the prosecution.
“He chopped her head off,” District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said of Hassan. “He chopped her head off. That’s all I have to say about Mr. Hassan’s apparent defense that he was a battered spouse.”
Hassan, 45, is charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 12 beheading of his wife, Aasiya Zubair Hassan, 37. The Pakistani-born couple were best known for Bridges TV, the station they formed in 2004 to counter negative Muslim stereotypes.