Afrikaans journalist Melissa Nel of 'Die Burger' newspaper interviewed Asma Firfirey, 42 who lives near Cape Town, in South Africa. Her sister Aasiya's husband Muzzammil Hassan, was charged in Buffalo, NY, in the USA for decapitating her.
And her sister Asma - who lives in the Cape Town, South Africa suburb of Elsies River, now is deeply worried about her sister's children, aged 4 and 6.
It was reported in the Buffalo NY news media that Muzzammil Hassan is a prominent businessman who founded the BridgesTV network to improve the image of Muslims in the U.S.
He was arrested and charged with murdering his estranged wife – by beheading her at his company’s office in Orchard Park, N.Y., on Thursday. Police have charged the husband, 44, with second-degree murder in the death of Aasiya Z. Hassan, 37. see
By coincidence today the UN has also warned that Muslim women worldwide, are increasingly endangered by violence, murder and inequality. See
In its logo, BridgesTV boasts of “connecting people through understanding” via its dish network available in several states. Its Web site quotes comments about the company by Jay Leno, Brian Williams and others, plus a screen shot of a CNBC interview with Hassan conducted by Maria Bartiromo. The site also shows a picture of Hassan with his slain wife, described as playing “an instrumental role in the creation of Bridges TV since she came up with the idea for the network.” The alleged killer is called “Mo S. Hassan” at the web site.
Cape Town has a sizeable, close-knit Muslim community - many are descendants of Malay slaves who have lived there for many decades and set up small artisan businesses there over the years. Often they also are Afrikaans-speaking. see
Asma said in her interview with the Afrikaans newspaper, published in Cape Town, that she could not understand why her brother was still in charge of the children. He was apparently due in a Buffalo court to argue for custody on Tuesday.
Sister struggled to breathe on telephone:
Firfirey said she and her husband Amier, 49, were talking to her sister Aasiya, 37 on the telephone last Thursday -- when they heard her tell her husband, Muzzammil Hassan, 44, to 'calm down' and that they 'could talk the following day about the divorce'. Then the Cape Town couple heard something which sounded like her sister was struggling to breathe. Then the connection ended.
And the next day, Friday, they were informed by a family member that her sister had been murdered. "I can only imagine how scared and emotional she must have been before she died,' her sister said.
Hassan was arrested and charged with allegedly decapitating his wife at his business, Bridges TV.
Police are still searching for the weapon, reported a local newspaper, Buffalo News.
'Fat man with evil eyes'
Fifirey believes Hassan, whom she calls "the fat man with the evil eyes" will be more dangerous when he is released on bail. The children, Rania, 4, and Danyal, 6, are currently being cared for by a colleague of Hassan's.
Fifirey said the last time her sister had been in South Africa was in May last year, and that on her arrival, she had been assaulted so badly that they had to pay R30,000 in medical fees.
Firfirey said her sister returned to America as she "didn't want to leave her children with that monster". She also wanted to complete her MBA degree.She would have graduated on March 6. see translation from Afrikaans report and Asma's picture here here