Muzzammil Hassan increasingly inspires disgust as he attempts to portray his tiny wife as a serial abuser in an attempt to exculpate himself for beheading her. In doing so, he mirrors the unanimous and consistent inability of Islamic supremacists ever to accept responsibility for any wrongdoing, but instead constantly to blame others, often their victims. Honor Killing in Buffalo Update: “Hassan tells jurors he aimed to ‘save’ wife: After his testimony, judge urges him to streamline presentation,” by Sandra Tan for the Buffalo News, January 29:
Muzzammil Hassan told jurors Friday that his wife, Aasiya, was a headstrong woman who came from a violent family background that left her needy, volatile and craving love and affection.
When he married her after her dogged pursuit of him, he said, he decided he would be the one to provide her all the love and affection she needed. He’d heal her.
“I thought, God, this girl has been through a lot. Nobody has given her unconditional love,” Hassan testified. “I started feeling like I would be the savior type of person. I guess some of that was my own arrogance.”
As time passed, however, he said he realized his wife would not change for the better no matter how nicely he spoke to her or how often he asked her to get counseling for her “abusive behavior.”
Hassan, charged in the multiple stabbing and beheading of his wife in February 2009, spent his second day of narrative testimony describing his wife as a rage-prone and manipulative woman who used police complaints and orders of protection to extract concessions out of him whenever they had major disagreements.
In nearly five hours of testimony, Hassan — who is acting as his own attorney — covered events from September 2006 through August 2007. He also skipped back to 2000 when he and Aasiya were still courting long distance via the Internet and telephone. […]
In response to Franczyk’s support of an early objection by prosecutor Colleen Curtin Gable to the defendant’s testimony, Hassan said, “Your honor, I thought this is where the whole truth comes out.”
Curtin Gable groaned, and Franczyk sent the jury back to the jury room before informing Hassan of his displeasure.
“Do not make comments that suggest that I am trying to suppress the truth,” he said.
Noted defense lawyer Paul Cambria praised Franzcyk for his handling of the proceedings, despite the reaction of Curtin Gable, who seems clearly frustrated by the amount of latitude being shown toward Hassan.
“I think the judge deserves an award for his patience,” Cambria said. […]
* Though previous testimony has suggested Aasiya miscarried because her husband abused her and sat on her stomach while she was several months pregnant, Hassan suggested that God had simply answered his prayers when his wife miscarried.
“I guess it was just not in my DNA to accept a fifth child,” said Hassan, who has also stated he wanted Aasiya to terminate the pregnancy.
While driving to a conference in Chicago, he said, he told God he was not prepared to have another child. When Aasiya miscarried and learned that he’d talked to God about this, he said, she was furious at him.
“You prayed for his death!” he recalled her screaming at him.
* He said his wife and he often argued about her desire to travel to Pakistan every year with their two young children to see her family. This led to very heated arguments, and ultimately reports filed with Orchard Park police.
“Every year, this becomes an annual abuse fest,” he said.
On Dec. 30, 2006, the day she and her children were to leave for Pakistan, Aasiya had stated to police that Hassan drove off in the minivan filled with their luggage and didn’t return, causing her and her children to miss their flight. Hassan also confiscated everyone’s passports.
Hassan said Thursday he only meant to take the car out for a two-minute drive, but when he saw the police car in the driveway, he took off for Rochester and eventually threw his younger children’s passports over Niagara Falls.
Hassan said he was gratified when an Orchard Park police officer later told him that as a parent, he was entitled to keep the children’s passports and didn’t have to return them.
“That made me feel so good,” he said. “It just validated me.”
Subsequently, he said, Aasiya used threats of prosecution for various abuse offenses to get new passports for her children back in her hands.
* He denied punching Aasiya in the face when she intervened in a physical confrontation he had with his older son, Michael. He said she was elbowed by one of the children by accident, but he still felt guilty for getting involved in a physical fight with his kids.
“This was a low point for me,” he said. “I felt horrible.”
* On at least three different occasions through mid-2007, Hassan said he had his wife read and/or sign agreements outlining various types of abusive behavior that she was to stop doing. He also said he talked with her constantly about the need for her to get counseling for this behavior….