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US Muslim TV Founder Charged With Beheading Wife


Officials say the founder of a U.S. television station aimed at countering stereotypes of Muslims has been arrested and charged with beheading his wife.

Muzzammil Hassan, the founder and chief executive of Buffalo, New York-based Bridges TV, was charged after reporting the death of his wife Thursday. Aasiya Hassan's decapitated body was found at the Bridges TV station in the Orchard Park village near Buffalo, in the northeastern U.S.

Aasiya Hassan's lawyers said she filed for divorce on January 6, after police had responded to numerous domestic violence calls at the couple's home. She later obtained an order of protection barring her husband from their home.

Hassan founded Bridges TV in 2004 to counter what he said were negative portrayals of Muslims on American television. He turned himself in to authorities Thursday and is facing second-degree murder charges.

Hassan came to America from Pakistan 29 years ago. He became a successful banker in Buffalo, New York, near the famed Niagara Falls.

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