RELIGION

Minnesota men accused of seeking to join Islamic State group must stay in custody

  • Members of the Minneapolis Somali community wait Tuesday, May 12, 2015, to enter the United States Courthouse in Minneapolis where a federal judge ordered four Minnesota men accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group held pending trial. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Members of the Minneapolis Somali community wait Tuesday, May 12, 2015, to enter the United States Courthouse in Minneapolis where a federal judge ordered four Minnesota men accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group held pending trial. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)  (The Associated Press)

  • Members of the Minneapolis Somali community gather Tuesday, May 12, 2015, outside the United States Courthouse in Minneapolis where a federal judge ordered four Minnesota men accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group held pending trial. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Members of the Minneapolis Somali community gather Tuesday, May 12, 2015, outside the United States Courthouse in Minneapolis where a federal judge ordered four Minnesota men accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group held pending trial. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)  (The Associated Press)

Four Minnesota men accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group have been ordered held pending trial.

But Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis said Tuesday he's open to individual plans for each man that could allow for their release to a halfway house or other less restrictive confinement.

Davis says he wants to meet with each man's attorney to see if a plan can be worked out. He said it's not a "cookie cutter" situation.

Davis allowed another so-called Minnesota traveler to be released to a halfway house earlier this year. But on Monday, Davis ordered that man, Abdullahi Mohamud Yusuf, back into custody. A court filing indicated a possible violation of halfway house rules.

Yusuf's attorneys wouldn't comment Tuesday.