Saudi money behind wife-beheader's TV operation?

Muzzammil Hassan, the man who started a TV operation to improve the image of Islam, and then beheaded his wife, turns out to be something of an international man of mystery. Dan Riehl has been researching his background, and discovered that, despite claims he was raising money in America, he raised money for his TV operation in Saudi Arabia. From his post on Riehl World View:

The venture boasted these numbers upon launch. But they aren't expressed as they were in the Muslim press.

With U.S. funding from more than 50 investors; Ropart Asset Management, a Connecticut-based private equity fund; more than 10,000 paying members and 50,000 pledged subscribers; Bridges TV is well-positioned for its historic launch.

But he seems to have eventually opted to do his fund raising in Jeddah and or Saudi Arabia, not the US.

"The idea of Bridges TV came about soon after 9/11," Hassan told Arab News in Jeddah during a recent fund-raising drive for the network.

Interesting that he would claim 10,000 "paying members" above in context of this quote.

"We wrote up a business plan," he said, "and then 10,000 Muslims pitched in with $100 each. Then there were 100 doctors who put in another $10,000 each. That is how we got our couple of million dollars as seed capital, and that is how we more or less got started.

The guy likes round numbers and eventually wanted five million. But not from the US.

Hassan is now raising the money to take the fledgling network to the next level. "Now we are expanding the network," he said. "So in order to fund that growth we are in the process of raising $5 million. There are about one million shares of $5 each. We were in Saudi Arabia talking to different people about doing the fund-raising. The minimum investment is $25,000."

And so says the alleged behead-er, if not Honor Killer:

The level of ignorance regarding Muslims and Islam is very high in the United States and it will take a lot of time for non-Muslim Americans to realize that they and their Muslim neighbors share many of the same values - raising families, pursuing careers and finding peace."

Don't look for these quotes of his to be circulated much now. Wouldn't want to taint the jury pool and all that.

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