WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hamid Hayat, age 24, of Lodi, Calif. was sentenced today to 24 years imprisonment by Chief Judge Garland E. Burrell , Jr., in connection with a series of terrorism charges related to his 2003/2004 attendance at a jihadi training camp in Pakistan and his 2005 return to the United States with the intent to wage violent jihad. As part of the sentence, Hayat was also placed on supervised release following his confinement, for an additional period of ten years.
The sentencing was announced by Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Kenneth L. Wainstein, United States Attorney McGregor W. Scott, FBI Assistant Director Joseph Billy , Jr. and FBI Special Agent in Charge Drew Parenti . This case was the product of an extensive/joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as the Sacramento Joint Terrorism Task Force (which is comprised of federal, state, and local law enforcement).
In sentencing Hamid Hayat, Judge Burrell stated, "Hamid Hayat attended a terrorist training camp, returned to the U.S. ready and willing to wage violent jihad when directed to do so regardless of the havoc such acts could wreak on persons and property within the U.S. and then lied about his conduct to the FBI on three separate occasions."
Kenneth L. Wainstein, Assistant Attorney for National Security said, "The sentence handed down to Hamid Hayat demonstrates the very real consequences for those who train overseas for jihad against the United States ."
"Today Hamid Hayat stands convicted and sentenced as a terrorist -- one who traveled from Lodi to Pakistan , trained at a jihadi camp, and returned to our country with the intent of one day striking a blow against it. The threat to our nation demonstrated by the acts of the 9/11 terrorists was brought home with the revelations of Hamid Hayat's actions two years ago. It has been a long path to today's sentencing. The many men and women who investigated and prosecuted Hamid Hayat are to be commended for their perseverance and great skill," stated United States Attorney Scott.
"Today's sentencing illustrates the hard work and diligence of the law enforcement and intelligence community, joining together and sharing information, to successfully disrupt terrorist planning," said Joseph Billy , Jr., FBI Assistant Director for Counterterrorism.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorneys S. Robert Tice-Raskin and Laura L. Ferris, and Department of Justice Trial Attorney Sharon Lever, who prosecuted the case, after a trial from February 14 to April 25, 2006 , a federal jury found Hamid Hayat guilty of one count of providing material support or resources to terrorists, and three counts of making false statements to the FBI in matters related to international/domestic terrorism. Specifically, the jury found that Hayat provided himself as "material support" between March, 2003 and June, 2005 by attending a jihadi training camp, and subsequently attempted to conceal his training from the FBI, knowing and intending that his training would ultimately be used to prepare for and carry out acts of terrorism in the United States .
Hamid Hayat was also convicted of making false statements to the FBI on June 3 and June 4, 2005 when he falsely stated that he had never attended a jihadi camp, that he had never received weapons or other types of jihadi training, and that he had never received training to fight against the United States . Former Department of Justice Trial Attorney David Deitch was a member of the trial team.
Evidence at Hayat's Trial:
Evidence at trial established that, during a period of months between October, 2003, and November, 2004, defendant Hayat attended a jihadi training camp in Pakistan and ultimately returned to the United States with the intent to wage violent jihad upon receipt of orders.