Opening Statements Set For Wife Beheading Trial

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jurors were set to begin hearing the case of a western New York television executive charged with beheading his wife soon after she filed for divorce.

Opening statements in the second-degree murder trial of Muzzammil Hassan were scheduled to start Tuesday in Erie County Court in Buffalo.

The 2009 killing of 37-year-old Aasiya Hassan has received much media attention, in part because the couple ran a television station whose goal was to counter negative images of Muslims.

Potential jurors were being asked whether they have issues with the Pakistan-born Hassan’s ethnicity, or the fact that he’s Muslim and may claim self-defense.

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  1. freedom says:

    Americans need to wake up to the fact that we are living in times that require that we stand up and stop this insanity called “Shari law” from becoming law in our land. It is not okay to kill someone because of their “religion” or “honor.” The laws of such religion (if you can call it that) MUST NOT be protected under our Constitution when they conflict with the inalienable rights given to US by our Constitution. Read the preamble to the Constitution.
    This woman was deprived of her life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness: the basic foundations of our rights. Her children, too, are deprived of their mother and their happiness with this horrible memory. Abuse/ by either side does not matter – no one should die like that period. Here, in America, he could have let her go without violence. The “honor” that was supposedly lost is something made up by this sect of religion, but that doesn’t make it right. Ever. What does it say to humanity that a man is allowed to kill his wife, and in a vicious manner, because she wants a divorce? It says this “cult” is not the kind of religion that is protected by the U.S.A. Constitution. Those who believe in any honor killing law should go elsewhere to live. You are not wanted in a free Republic.
    I pray justice is served in this case.

  2. Calvin Nicholson says:

    Any man, Muslim or not, custom, culture or whatever who believes that it is okay to harm or behead someone should they themselves be beheaded, lest they try to repeat this despicable act themselves on someone. I am most certain that God, or Allah is not looking at this type of action as justifiable in any form. It is what it is: a gruesome murder of another human being. What ever the marital situation was, it did not warrant the taking of a life of a woman with young children. Allah will give this man his just reward on his judgement day.

  3. pogo the clown says:

    Beheading as self defense? Really? If you buy that one, I’ve got this great suspension bridge for sale – it connects Manhattan & Brooklyn – really cheap too!

    I have an idea! Since his wife lost her head, surgically remove his arms and legs and THEN throw him behind bars. Prisoners will have fun playing with “stumpy”.

  4. nyc says:

    Cut her head off ! What happened to a simple divorce ? He should be executed in Pakistan !

    1. Nick says:

      A beheading IS a simple divorce in Pakistan. She’s from there right? She knew.

  5. AHKMED says:

    WHY ARE YOU PERSECUTING THIS POOR MAN?
    HE DID NOTHING WRONG.
    THE WIFE IS PART OF ISLAM, SHE KNOWS WHAT SHE WAS ASKING FOR.
    STOP MISLABELING ISLAM!
    ISLAM IS A PEACEFUL RELIGION!
    YOU SATAN DOGS ALWAYS LIE!
    WE WILL KILL YOU!
    ALLAH IS MERCIFUL!

    1. pogo the clown says:

      You forgot to say “convert or die!”

    2. Richard T. says:

      IDIOT go back to the slovenly third world fiasco of a country that you came from

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