Mistrial in case of Fremont man accused of aiding Syrian terrorist group

A mistrial has been declared in the federal trial in San Francisco of a Fremont man accused of attempting to provide aid to a terrorist group in Syria, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick declared the mistrial Tuesday afternoon in the case of Adam Shafi, U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Abraham Simmons said.

Shafi, 25, went on trial in Orrick’s court on Aug. 28 on a charge of attempting to provide material support in the form of personnel — namely, himself — to the al-Nusrah Front, an al-Qaeda-affiliated group that has been designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department.

He was arrested in July 2015 after federal agents stopped him from boarding a flight from San Francisco International Airport to Istanbul.

Prosecutors alleged that wiretaps indicated he was planning to go from Istanbul to Syria to join the al-Nusrah Front. Shafi came to the attention of investigators the previous year when his father reported him missing during a family trip to Egypt. Shafi said he had gone to Istanbul for a few days to try to aid Syrian refugees.

Simmons said no decision has been made on whether prosecutors will retry Shafi.

-Julia Cheever, Bay City NewsCrime

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
City College union deal staves off layoffs, class cuts

One year agreement allows community college time to improve its finances

A Homeless Outreach Team member speaks with homeless people along Jones Street in the Tenderloin on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Breed proposes another street outreach team to divert calls away from police

San Francisco would launch a new street outreach team to respond to… Continue reading

Chelsea Hung, who owns Washington Bakery and Restaurant in Chinatown with her mother, said the restaurant is only making about 30 percent of pre-pandemic revenues. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Chinatown’s slow recovery has business owners fearing for the future

Lack of outside visitors threatens to push neighborhood into ‘downward spiral’

A worker sets up irrigation lines to water almond tree rootstocks along Road 36 in Tulare, Calif. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Gov. Gavin Newsom extends drought emergency to 41 California counties

Faith E. Pinho Los Angeles Times In a stark indication of California’s… Continue reading

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new stimulus plan on Monday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner file photo)
More Californians would get new $600 stimulus checks from the state under Newsom plan

Sophia Bollag The Sacramento Bee Two-thirds of Californians would get an extra… Continue reading

Most Read