Attorneys for a Lodi man sentenced to 24 years in prison for terrorist involvement asked a federal court Wednesday to overturn his conviction, arguing that he was innocent and received incompetent legal representation during his trial.
Hamid Hayat, who was born in Stockton to Pakistani parents, lived in Lodi and attended the local mosque when he was convicted in 2006 of attending a jihadist training camp during a visit to Pakistan, and of lying to federal agents. After the 2005 arrest of Hayat and his father, an ice cream truck driver, the FBI said it had found evidence of an al-Qaida cell in Lodi, a claim that was later dropped.
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