Hamid Hayat Sentenced to 24 Years in Connection with Terrorism Charges

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...

Umer Hayat, age 49, of Lodi, father to Hamid Hayat was tried by a separate federal jury in early 2006 (at the same time as his son) for two counts of making false statements to the FBI, namely, lying to the FBI in 2005 when he falsely denied that he had first-hand knowledge of terrorist training camps in Pakistan and that his son had attended a jihadist training camp in Pakistan . That proceeding ended in a mistrial when the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

Umer Hayat subsequently pleaded guilty on May 31, 2006 to making a false statement to the FBI and United States Customs and Border Protection ("CBP"), admitting that he had lied to the FBI and CBP in April, 2003 when he falsely told officials that he and his family were only carrying $10,000 on their persons when traveling outbound of the United States to Pakistan , when, in fact, they were carrying in excess of $28,000. On August 25, 2006 , Umer Hayat was sentenced to a term of "time-served" and a term of three years supervised release, after having served approximately 330 days of pretrial detention in jail and almost four months of home confinement.

SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice