In closing arguments, prosecutors said Umer Hayat impeded an F-B-I investigation. They claim the ice cream truck driver knew his son Hamid attended a terrorist training camp in Pakistan – and lied about it. They also played portions of a videotaped confession. A confession defense attorney Johnny Griffin says was a result of intimidation – and unreliable:
“The FBI basically suggested to him what he should say, what he should not say – what he should do and what he should not do.”
A separate jury is considering Hamid Hayat’s case. He’s charged with providing material support to terrorists by attending a militant training camp – as well as lying to the F-B-I. If convicted, the younger Hayat could face up to 39 years in prison. His father could face 16 years.