Hassan Testimony May Wrap Up Tuesday

January 28, 2011 Updated Oct 22, 2013 at 8:59 AM EDT

By Laura Gray

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    {photo for TV} Muzzammil Hassan took the stand for the second day on Friday, January 28, 2011. Here he confers with legal advisor Jeremy Schwartz. {Photo by Sharon Cantillon / Buffalo News}


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January 28, 2011 Updated Oct 22, 2013 at 8:59 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKB) -- Muzzammil Hassan continued with his testimony today for the second day in a row. He has been going in chronological order. Talking about many details of his life. Testimony ended Friday with Hassan discussing events from 2007.
Most of Hassan's Friday testimony focused on arguments with his wife Aasiya over passports for herself and the kids. He didn't want her to take the kids to Pakistan because it was too dangerous there, he claims. At one point he threw the passports belonging to his younger children into Niagara Falls.
He also claims that Aasiya told police that he punched her in spring of 2007 out of retaliation. She wanted her passports and passports for the kids and he refused.
Hassan shared a doctor's report showing that he told a doctor he was depressed. He told the doctor he was verbally abused and was deeply ashamed that things sometimes got physical.
He constantly tried to get Aasiya help, he testified. He offered her books, articles, and drafted agreements to make her stop being so abusive.
A character witness was called. A woman who went to college with Hassan in the mid-90s testified that she didn't know him to be abusive at that time. He asked her about a dinner party with his family, including Aasiya and his children. She replied everything appeared normal during the 4 hours she was there. She admitted during cross examination that she only met Aasiya one other time briefly.
Court resumes at 2pm Monday. Hassan's testimony could wrap up Tuesday afternoon, he claims. It's not clear if Hassan will have any other witnesses to testify on his behalf.