The debate over whether Umer Hayat should be allowed out of jail while awaiting trial on a charge of lying about terrorism is heading back to the courtroom.
For nearly two months, attorneys have argued about the Lodi man’s possible bail, and whether his relatives’ property is enough collateral to make sure he won’t flee the country before trial.
On Thursday, the government objected to four Lodi homes Hayat wants to offer as $1.2 million bond. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Tuesday in federal court in Sacramento.
In late September, a U.S. District judge granted bail for Hayat, but Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. then raised it to $1.5 million after a family member offered another piece of property to secure bond. The government appealed and, after several more motions, Burrell on Monday lowered the bail to $1.2 million.
However, Burrell expressed concerns about the property owners, and whether Hayat would really feel any loss if the homes were confiscated by the court in case he fled.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys S. Robert Tice-Raskin and Laura L. Ferris repeated those reservations in their filing Thursday, writing that Hayat “had his opportunity, the District court ruled and (Hayat) is not entitled to another bite of this apple.”
Hayat, 47, has been jailed since early June, when he and his son, 23-year-old Hamid Hayat, were arrested during a federal terrorism investigation in Lodi.
The elder Hayat faces one count of lying to federal agents about his alleged knowledge of terrorist training camps in Pakistan.
His son is charged with two counts of lying to agents about his alleged attendance at the camps, plus a charge of providing material support to terrorists. Hamid Hayat remains jailed without bail.