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California man pleads guilty to lesser charge in terror camp case

[JURIST] Umer Hayat, who was accused of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation [official website] about his son's terrorism-related activities, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a lesser charge of trying to smuggle $28,000 in cash into Pakistan three years ago. Umer, who will not serve any more prison time after spending nearly a year in custody, would have faced a retrial [JURIST report] in California beginning Monday on charges that he lied to the FBI about his son's attendance at an al Qaeda training camp in Pakistan. The jury deadlocked in his first trial, prompting US District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. [official profile] to declare a mistrial [JURIST report].

Umer and his son, Hamid Hayat, were indicted [indictment, PDF] last year after Umer admitted that he paid for Hamid to attend the terror training camp. Hamid was convicted [JURIST report] in April of providing material support to terrorists by attending the camp and lying to investigators. AP has more. The San Francisco Chronicle has local coverage.

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