Moderate Muslim Moe Hassan has been convicted of murder in the honor killing of his wife Aasiya. It was premeditated, cold blooded murder under the sharia. After repeatedy beating her for years (also sanctioned under Islamic law). And that means that the Buffalo-area Muslim community writ large ought to be on trial as well; they knew of the brutal violence Aasiya suffered and apparently kept silent. The Muslim community knew of Hassan's abuse.
His defense? That he was the abused one.
Note also how he lured his wife to her bloody death, in a manner reminiscent of how the Islamic prophet Muhammad -- who said "war is deceit" -- called for the murder of several of his enemies, and gave his followers permission to deceive them in order to get close enough to carry out the murder.
Mo said he was sorry.
Less than 30 minutes before Muzzammil "Mo" Hassan repeatedly stabbed and killed [by beheading her -- RS] his wife, Aasiya, he exchanged a series of text messages with her, telling her he recognized his mistakes and would change for her.
"Sorry for hurting you," he texted her around 5:30 p.m.
"I am sorry, too," Aasiya replied.
Hassan sent his wife the messages from a darkened office at their Bridges TV studio where he waited for her with shiny new hunting knives with 5 3/4-inch blades, according to prosecution testimony and evidence.
"I cannot carry on without you and the family," he texted. "I have not done anything to hurt you since Sunday, since I saw my mistake ... You are important to me and worth changing for."
At 5:42 p.m., he sent her his last text message.
"I am a good man, Aasiya," he wrote. "A good and decent man. Please don't punish me so hard. God like [sic] forgiveness."
Aasiya arrived with her children at the studio parking lot in Orchard Park 10 minutes later. A few minutes after that, she lay on her back in a darkened hallway, dead.
BUFFALO, NY - The jury in the Muzzammil Hassan trial has reached a verdict. Muzzammil Hassan is guilty of 2nd degree murder in the death of his wife, Aasiya Hassan.
The jury deliberated for a little over an hour before reaching their verdict.
The judge has scheduled Hassan's sentencing for March 9, 2011, where he faces a sentence of up to 25-years-to life behind bars.
Hassan was led away in handcuffs.
Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita, Jr. called Hassan a "vicious murderer" during a press conference after the verdict.
The jury declined to speak to the media about the trial or their decision.
Earlier, Hassan delivered his closing arguments, followed by the prosecution.
"Ladies and gentlemen this is not a divorce case, this is a murder case," said Colleen Curtin Gable, prosecutor.
Jurors were told that Aasiya Hassan may have been conscious when the defendant started to behead her on February 12, 2009.
Curtin Gable started off strong telling the jury that Hassan wants them to believe that what he did was in self defense, "not a chance, not even close."
"There is absolutely no doubt that the defendant killed his wife intentionally," said the prosecutor. "He was carefully and deliberately planning to kill her."
The prosecutor told jurors Hassan was efficient and deliberate in killing his wife in just "thirty-seven seconds." While describing the murder, Curtin Gable described how Aasiya was stabbed in the head and from the mouth to her ear. "How is that self defense, stabbing an unarmed woman from behind," she asked jurors.
"He was in control," she told jurors. "Cool, calm, collected and calculating every step of the way."
The prosecutor's voice cracked as she fought to hold back tears at the end when told jurors, "it is time for this defendant to get his due."
Hassan received several stern warnings from the judge, both for citing documents not previously listed as evidence and for exchanging words with the counsel.
Hassan began Monday morning by presenting 19 pages of e-mails to the judge that he claims captured his state of mind around the time of the beheading. Aasiya accuses Hassan in these messages of being emotionally and physically abusive.
He says the prosecution has no evidence or eyewitnesses, just stories that refer to Aasyia's claims of physical and emotional abuse. Hassan states over 70 people had direct observation of his wife for over two years, and none had seen any evidence this. The doctors, Hassan said, have been "brainwashed."
"No one know what is going on behind the scenes," Hassan told the jury. "Only Aasyia and I know. Now only I know."
Hassan admitted to the courtroom that he did, in fact, have physical altercations with his wife, but that he never beat or abused her. "Men are never put in the victim's box," he said.
"Think of a dog with an invisible fence," Hassan tells the jury. "He tries to escape, he gets a shock, he keeps getting shocked and eventually stops trying." Hassan likens himself to the dog, saying he received so many shocks through abuse and threats that he simply stopped trying to escape.
He goes on to identify flaws in "the system," attempting to indict it by saying that his enemy is false beliefs in religion. He compares this with the experiences of Nelson Mandela and Gandhi.
"My enemy are not these people, it is in the false belief in the religion of patriarchy that has unleashed a blood bath on American women."
Aasiya, according to Hassan, was abused by her parents: "Because of her child abuse, she became an abuser." He discusses her personality profile that lists her at the top of the scale for having a controlling personality."
Today marks day 14 in a case that has spanned several weeks. The trial began with a lengthy jury selection process.
Honor Killing in America Pamela Geller
UPDATE: Notice how this miserable human being compares himself to Nelson Mandela and Gandhi. Also, toward the end of this video, he suggests that prosecutors are "anti-Muslim and Islamophobic" -- watch at 5:06: Go to Jihadwatch: Video here.