Hayat Bond Denied

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, January 5, 2006

Judge Garland Burrell Junior denied a defense request to have 47-year-old Umer Hayat of Lodi released on a one-point-two million dollar bond.

Hayat is charged with lying to federal investigators about his son's alleged visit to Pakistan to attend a terrorist training camp.

In denying bail, the judge said the property that Hayat's family put up to secure the bond wasn't enough to guarantee the defendant wouldn't flee the country.

Hayat's attorney, Johnny Griffin the third plans to appeal.

"I will ask the 9th circuit to revisit this issue of bail and basically indicate in saying that the district court judge was incorrect in his ruling.
Prosecutors say they're pleased with the judge's decision."

Hayat's son Hamid is also accused of lying to federal agents, but also faces a more serious charge of providing material support to terrorists.