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  From: teddy sunardi 
  Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 5:24 PM
  Subject: [zamanku] U.S. Muslim TV network founder charged with beheading wife

  NEW YORK, Feb. 16, 2009 (Reuters) — The founder of a U.S. Muslim television 
network has been arrested and charged with murdering his wife by beheading her, 
the network's Web site and local media reported.
  Muzzammil Hassan, founder and CEO of Buffalo, N.Y.-based Bridges TV which 
launched in 2004 with a mission to show Muslims in a more positive light, was 
charged after reporting the death of his wife, Aasiya Hassan, 37, on Thursday 

  After Hassan, 44, told police his wife was at the Bridges TV offices, in the 
village of Orchard Park, they found her body there, beheaded, The Buffalo News 

  Authorities said Aasiya Hassan, with whom Hassan had two children, had 
recently filed for divorce and had an order of protection mandating that he 
leave their home as of February 6.

  He was being held in a county detention center charged with second-degree 

  "Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to the families of the victim," a 
statement on the network's Web site said on Monday. "We request that their 
right to privacy be respected."

  "There had been problems before and there had been prior incidents of 
physical abuse," Corey Hogan, whose law firm Hogan Willig represented Aasiya 
Hassan in the divorce proceeding, told the newspaper.

  (Editing by Alan Elsner)


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