Defense Lawyers Seek Dismissal In Hayat Terror Case
Last May, a 22 year-old Pakistani-American, Hamid Hayat was identified as being on the "No Fly" list during an FBI survilance check of inbound passengers. His flight was diverted to Japan, where he denied any terrorist connections when questioned by an FBI agent. The flight was allowed to continue to the U.S. where Mr. Hayat disembarked for his home in Lodi, CA. Several days later, he was questioned again by the FBI where he repeated his denials. On June 5th of 2005, Mr. Hayat voluntarily submitted to a polygraph examination at the FBI in Sacremento, CA. He failed the test. After several additional hours of questioning, Mr. Hayat admitted to attending an Al-Qaeda terrorist training camp for six months where he received extensive instruction in weapons and explosives training. His father, Umer confessed to lying to FBI officials about his son's whereabouts. On June 7th a criminal complaint was filed outlining the initial charges against the Hayat's.
This past week, lawyers for the defendants filed a brief requesting dismissal, " because the government sought to improperly influence potential jurors by spreading information about the case.
'The government's conduct, coupled with the widespread national media attention this case has received, confirms that the defendants could not have a fair trial with an impartial jury anywhere in the United States,' lawyers Wazhma Mojaddidi and Johnny Griffin wrote."
Like the 9/11 perpetrators, the Hayats moved freely in society and had some degree of integration. Neighbors described them as being well liked, noting that . " ...they were so nice." Of course, they were well connected in the local Mosque where they were equally regarded.