Lodi man supported jihad, says prosecutor

first_imgSACRAMENTO – A man facing federal terrorism charges “had a jihadi heart and a jihadi mind” long before he confessed to attending an al-Qaida training camp in Pakistan, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Tice-Raskin used his closing argument to counter testimony that FBI agents and a government informant may have tricked 23-year-old Hamid Hayat into making incriminating statements. Hayat and his father, from the Central Valley agricultural town of Lodi, are on trial in U.S. District Court for lying about the son’s suspected attendance at the terror training camp in 2003. The prosecutor said Hayat freely revealed his intentions to the government informant, who was recruited by the FBI shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and arrived in Lodi later that year. The informant befriended the Hayat family and secretly recorded hundreds of hours of conversations, evidence that became key to the government’s case. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventHamid Hayat “repeatedly professed support for violent jihad,” Tice-Raskin told jurors. “He tells you in his own words, captured forever on tapes, that he was going to jihad, that he was going to training.” He said the conversations reveal “the real Hamid Hayat” and show that he “believes heart and soul in violent jihad. Hamid Hayat had a jihadi heart and he had a jihadi mind,” Tice-Raskin said. Jihad is the Arabic term for holy war. Hamid Hayat’s attorney argued the government doesn’t have a case because it has no proof that her client ever went to a terrorist training camp. “The government has shown no evidence that he actually attended; the government has failed to prove its case,” attorney Wazhma Mojaddidi said after the prosecutor had finished his closings. “Ladies and gentlemen, you can’t prove what never happened.” Hayat’s father is charged with lying to the FBI and faces up to 16 years in prison if convicted. Closing arguments in his portion of the trial are scheduled for Thursday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Harry Potter Game Launch Date Set With Maggie Smith Other Actors Lending

first_imgDame Maggie Smith and other actors from Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter films will be giving voice to characters in the new “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery” role-playing game, which is officially slated to launch April 25.In the game, players create a personalized student avatar to experience life as a student at the famed Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It’s set in the 1980s, before Harry Potter’s birth.Smith, who played Prof. McGonagall in WB’s big-screen adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s best-selling books, said, “If I could attend Hogwarts as a student, I would be most excited to attend the potions class taught by Severus because it is the most exotic.”In addition to Smith, actors from the Harry Potter films providing voiceovers for Jam City’s “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery” are: Michael Gambon (Prof. Dumbledore), Warwick Davis (Prof. Flitwick), Sally Mortemore (Madam Irma Pince), Gemma Jones (Madam Pomfrey) and Zoe Wanamaker (Madam Hooch). Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img The free-to-play mobile game is developed by L.A. games studio Jam City in partnership with Portkey Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s game label dedicated to Rowling’s Wizarding World.“Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery” players join one of the four Hogwarts Houses before progressing through their years at Hogwarts, participating in magical classes and activities such as Potions and Transfiguration. As players improve their skills, they unlock new locations, spells and other magical abilities — and their decisions affect their character’s story arc and how other characters interact with them.The game will be available for mobile devices via Apple’s App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore. More info is available on HarryPotterHogwartsMystery.com as well as on the game’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.Separately, WB’s Portkey Games also will be publishing the forthcoming “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite” augmented-reality game being developed by Niantic Labs (the company behind “Pokemon Go”).last_img read more

Anarkali Aarawali is my most challenging role

first_imgSwara Bhaskar, who has made her presence felt in the industry with Tanu Weds Manu and Raanjhanaa, is all set to push the boundaries again with Anarkali Aarawali.Swara plays a singer crooning double meaning songs in the journalist-turned-filmmaker Avinash Das’s movie.“Anarkali Aarawali is a challenging role because I play a singer who sings double meaning lewd songs and is very unapologetic about her sexuality. She considers herself an artist and her work an art. She is a foul mouthed and crass woman with fiery spirit. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame“But, she is still vulnerable in a volatile and violent world that sees women like her as mere objects. We also have to be as real as we can to the story and the context without becoming gimmicky or sleazy,” Swara said in an interview. The Prem Ratan Dhan Payo actor says not crossing the thin line between being sensual and sleazy was a tough task.“A script like this is a challenge because it’s the story of an orchestra singer from Bihar from the town called Aarah which very known for politics and crime.”“It is the story of Anarkali, who’s the small star of Aarah who sings double-meaning and lewd sort of songs in villages weddings or celebrations and how a certain incident happens with her and then her journey henceforth. It’s a brilliant script and a very challenging role.” Swara travelled to Aara to meet the local singers of the region and went through various diction workshops.last_img read more