LODI- Today a federal judge in Sacramento has overturned and ordered the conviction of Hamid Hayat who was sentenced to 24 years for engaging in terrorism, vacated.
“The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) today welcomed a landmark ruling overturning the conviction and 24-year sentence of Hamid Hayat, a Lodi resident convicted in 2006 on terrorism-related charges.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following statement:
“The order was filed on Tuesday, July 30, by Senior United States District Judge Garland Burrell Jr., the original judge in the widely-criticized case that was recently highlighted in an episode of ‘Confession Tapes’ on Netflix”.
Hayat was arrested at the age of 22, along with his father Umer who drove an ice cream truck, in 2005 after being accessed on attending terror camps in Pakistan and trining to use explosives. Proponents of Hayat held that the charges were unwarranted and the arrest of both men was part of anti Islamic phobia fostered in America after the attacks on 9/11 and war in Iraq.
He can now be released immediately after serving 14 years in prison.