He cut off his wife’s head. She had complained that he abused her. He is trying to establish that she actually was the one who abused him, and that one day he snapped, inside the studios of the TV station he founded in order to present a positive image of Muslims in the U.S., BridgesTV, and beheaded her. Muzzammil S. “Mo” Hassan is, in short, a particularly grotesque example of the Islamic supremacist tendency to disclaim any responsibility for any evil actions, and to blame the victim, that we see at Jihad Watch so often.
“Hassan questions validity of prosecution’s case,” by Matt Gryta for the Buffalo News, February 7 (thanks to Block Ness):
Muzzammil S. “Mo” Hassan today told the jurors who are about to decide his fate that prosecutors “have no evidence, no eyewitnesses, just hearsay” claims that he viciously abused his wife for years before her alleged murder.
As Hassan, 46, who was allowed to serve as his own trial attorney, began his closing arguments shortly after 10 a.m., he complained about allegedly slanted media coverage for the past two years as he pressed his claims he only killed and beheaded his his wife, Aasiya Z. Hassan, 37, in self-defense.
The former local banker and cable television entrepreneur has been jailed since he surrendered about an hour after he beheaded his wife Feb. 12, 2009, six days after she began divorce proceedings to end their nearly decade-long marriage.
Before Hassan began his closing arguments, he pressed for the use of his thousands of e-mails with his wife.
A skeptical Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk, who has presided during the 14-day trial, told Hassan his latest e-mail evidence request reminded him of “Bela Legosi in the original Dracula” movie, who “couldn’t see his own reflection in a mirror.”
Though the judge contended most of the e-mails seem to point to Hassan’s guilt, Hassan got him to allow as evidence several e-mails from his 2000 Internet courtship of Aasiya, his third wife and the mother of the two youngest of his four children, and some he sent within a month of her murder.
Prosecutor Colleen Curtin Gable objected to the January 2009 and February 2009 e-mails because Hassan and not the victim wrote them. That prompted Hassan to contend that the January 2009 e-mails support his claims his estranged wife falsified complaints of his physical and verbal abuse of her.
Hassan insisted his wife began being verbally and physically abusing him in 2006 because she grew up in a wealthy Pakistani home where her mother’s alleged mistreatment of her made her a spousal abuser. He told the judge his Feb. 11, 2009 e-mail reveals his “state of mind” as the victim of her alleged abuse….
Hassan told the jury that prosecutors Curtin Gable and Paul E. Bonanno had only been able to prove he had caused “one bruise” to the arm of the murder victim, which Hassan contended was caused as he was trying to calm her during one of her alleged rages about their marriage.
He insisted the criminal case against him is “all words and is based on his late wife’s false complaints” against him to police and to medical and psychological experts who counseled and treated them both for several years before her death.
Hassan told the jury the prosecution case is falsely based on “stories, no evidence, no eyewitnesses, none.”…