California man convicted on terror charges files appeal
Hamid Hayat, who was sentenced to 24 years in prison in 2006 for involving in terrorist activities, has mounted a broad assault on his conviction and challenged the ruling.
Thirty-one-year-old Hayat allegedly attended a terrorist training camp in Pakistan and returned to the U. S. to await orders from terrorist group al-Qaida for an attack. His father was also accused of concealing Hayat's activities but those charges were dropped after jurors failed to reach a verdict.
Hayat, a resident of Lodi, Calif., now argues that his lawyer did not adequately represent him during his trial in Sacramento federal court in 2006. He was sent to jail after a jury found him guilty of one charge of providing support to terrorism and two counts of lying to federal investigators about his training at a Pakistan-based terrorist camp.
Prosecutors had collected secret information about Hayat and his organization's alleged terrorist plans through an informant in wake of 9/11 attack. The FBI paid the informant nearly $230,000 in three years to infiltrate a mosque and record conversations with imams and worshippers to help police know their potential plans. The attempt was part of police's efforts to prevent another terrorism attack.
While his case in 2006 was his lawyer's first criminal case, his new legal team is headed by experienced Dennis Riordan, the same lawyer who is handling renowned baseball player Barry Bonds' appeal. His new legal team argues that Hayat experienced lawyers and private investigators would have proven his innocence.
Last month, a federal magistrate ordered federal prosecutors to respond to Hayat's plea to capsize his conviction. Federal prosecutors have sixty days to respond.
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