Man sentenced to 24 years for terrorist ties

first_imgBy The Associated Press SACRAMENTO – A California man was sentenced to 24 years in federal prison Monday for attending an al-Qaida terrorist training camp in Pakistan and plotting to attack targets in the United States. Hamid Hayat, a U.S. citizen who turned 25 on Monday, was convicted in April 2006 of providing material support to terrorists and lying about it to FBI agents. Prosecutors said he intended to attack hospitals, banks, grocery stores and government buildings. Federal Judge Garland Burrell Jr. said Hayat had “returned to the United States ready and willing to wage violent jihad when directed to do so.” Hayat, clean-shaven since his trial, had no visible reaction when the sentence was read, and his family sat quietly in the back of the courtroom. His attorney vowed to appeal, and his relatives lashed out at the prosecution. “We were expecting justice. We did not get justice. My son is innocent,” said Hamid Hayat’s father, Umer. Hayat was arrested in June 2005 shortly after returning from a two-year trip to Pakistan, where prosecutors said he received terrorist training. The case began after an FBI informant befriended Hayat and began secretly tape-recording their conversations. During those talks, most of which were in Hayat’s home, Hayat discussed jihad, praised al-Qaida and expressed support for religious governments in Pakistan and Afghanistan. His trial lawyer, Wazhma Mojaddidi, has said those sentiments were nothing more than the idle chatter of a directionless young man with a sixth-grade education.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more