More than a decade after federal agents arrested a Lodi-area man on terrorism charges, a judge in Sacramento has denied efforts by his lawyers to have his conviction set aside.
Hamid Hayat, who was convicted in 2006 and sentenced to 24 years in prison for four counts of terrorism and lying to the FBI, sought to have his conviction set aside based on claims his lawyers filed in 2014 that his trial lawyer did not present an adequate defense and that evidence that could have exonerated Hayat was not presented at trial.
The claims have been raised before, and a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld his conviction in 2013. U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. issued his order Thursday denying Hayat’s motion for summary judgment vacating his conviction.
Hayat, who was born in Stockton, was accused of traveling to Pakistan to visit a terrorist training camp. His attorneys have contended that Hayat went overseas to see his mother and get married and that while he was overseas from 2003 to 2005 he never left the company of friends or family. They also contend the training camp did not even exist at the time.
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Hayat and his father, Umer Hayat, an ice cream vendor, were arrested in a case that spawned international headlines in the years following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
Umer Hayat was charged with making false statements but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was sentenced to time served.