Lodi Man Indicted on Terrorist Charge
A man already jailed in Sacramento for lying to federal authorities is facing a more serious terrorism-related charge
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Federal authorities have filed a new charge against a 22-year-old Lodi man. Hamid Hayat is already in jail over allegations he lied to federal authorities, but now faces a new grand jury indictment that he offered himself as personnel for terrorist training in Pakistan, and ultimately potential terrorist acts in the U-S. Hamid’s attorney Wazhma Mojaddidi says she does not believe that federal authorities have any new, direct evidence. “All the government has done is simply re-labeled my client and the charges against him. I am still convinced of my client’s innocence.”
Both Hamid and his father Umer Hayat were charged in June with lying to federal authorities after both allegedly denied they had firsthand knowledge of terrorist training camps. Federal authorities have issued a message to the Muslims in the Central Valley town of Lodi saying while their investigation is ongoing, they are targeting illegal actions, not the community.