Opening Statements in Terror- Related Trial
Opening statements began and the first witnesses were called in the Government’s trial against a young Lodi man accused of attending terrorist training camp in Pakistan.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
23-year-old Hamid Hayat is accused of providing material support to terrorists and three counts of making false statements to federal authorities, over his alleged attendance at a terrorist training camp in Pakistan. In opening arguments, government attorneys characterized Hamid as a trained terrorist while his defense attorney characterized his admissions as “storytelling”. The first two witnesses called were F-B-I agents—The second agent said it was during the course of his interviews when the young man reversed his earlier story that he had not attended a Jihadist camp—and said instead that he had attended what he thought was going to be a religious education camp. His father Umer is expected in court next week—he too is facing counts of making false statements to federal authorities.