Jurors Consider Both Hayat Cases

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, April 13, 2006

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.