The two Lodi, CA men charged in June 2005 with terrorism related crimes
have been out of the national news for some months.
But the multiple unsuccessful efforts of Umer Hayat and his 23-year-old son, Hamid Hayat
to get free on bond has been an on-going story here in my hometown of Lodi.
Earlier this week, the case against the two men took on another dimension. Each learned that an additional charge of lying to federal agents had been filed against them bringing the total number to five counts of lying and one count of providing material support to terrorists. [Father, Son Face More Charges in Terror Case
, Lodi News-Sentinel Staff, January 31, 2006]
The Hayats` trial is scheduled to start on February 14th.
In the meantime, the rest of the Lodi Muslim community, erroneously reported by the Sacramento Bee
to be “awash in fear
” during the summer, is functioning without any problems whatsoever.