"Honor Killing" Defendant Found Guilty

For the first time, the RCFL Program supported an investigation involving an "honor killing," which occurred in an affluent suburb near Buffalo, New York in early 2009. The jury deliberated for just over an hour and found defendant, Muzzamiel "Mo" Hassan, guilty of beheading his wife.

3/7/11: "Honor Killing" Defendant Receives Life Sentence

Muzzamiel "Mo" Hassan received 25 years to life for committing an "honor killing" against his wife Assiya, 37 on February 12, 2009. Assiya was found beheaded at the television station Hassan founded in 2004 entitled "Bridges TV," to counter Muslim stereotypes following the events surrounding the September 11, 2001 attacks. A few weeks prior to the murder, Assiya served Hassan with divorce papers and filed an order of protection against him, according to public records The World Health Organization defines honor killings as "murders of women by relatives who claim the victim brought shame to the family." An Examiner assigned to the WNYRCFL was one of the first officers to arrive on-scene and provided digital forensics services in support of the investigation.

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