- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge has denied bail for a 23-year-old web developer accused of trying to join a terrorist organization.

KNTV reports (https://bit.ly/1Y1DJ1B) Wednesday that despite his attorney’s pleas that he is suffering in solitary confinement, U.S. District Court Judge William H. Orrick last week denied the motion by Adam Shafi’s lawyers to release him from federal custody in Oakland.

While the judge wrote he has “concern for the minimization of any detrimental mental health consequences” for Shafi, Orrick also did not find any cause to free him on bond. The next court hearing is March 17.

Shafi has been in custody since last July after being indicted on charges of plotting to join the Al-Nusra Front. He has been in solitary confinement since December when a deputy found a notebook that he said contained terrorist writings. His lawyers deny that claim.

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Information from: KNTV-TV.

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