Trials of Lodi father and son Facing Terror-Related Charges Are Wrapping Up


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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, April 13, 2006


One jury will deliberate today about whether Hamid Hayat attended a terrorist training camp in Pakistan – and lied about it.  Another will hear closing arguments in the case of his father – Umer Hayat.  The ice-cream truck driver is accused of lying to the F-B-I about his son’s attendance at a camp.  The government says Hayat helped to finance his son’s trip as well.   But Hamid’s attorney, Wazhma Mojaddidi, says the evidence in both cases is scant.

 “Considering the government’s prosecution of these types of cases, next time I think they will re-think it before they are so quick to prosecute.”

Umer’s attorney Johnny Griffin says an overzealous F-B-I informant with the code name wildcat, ensnared the Hayats – instigating conversations about anti-American subjects for his own financial gain.