A judge on Monday postponed an arraignment hearing until Thursday for a man accused of holding his wife captive for five months inside a Modesto home.
Fnu Masehullah, 26, has been charged with false imprisonment and attempting to prevent a victim or witness from reporting a crime, both felonies, along with a misdemeanor count of battery on his spouse.
The court did not have a Farsi interpreter available to assist Masehullah in court Monday morning, so Stanislaus County Judge Thomas Zeff postponed the defendants arraignment.
Deputy Public Defender Marlon Simon told the judge that Masehullah knows some English, but he doesnt know legal terms and needs help from a court-appointed interpreter.
Since his court appearance last week, Masehullah has been released from the Stanislaus County Jail on $80,000 bail.
Masehullah and his wife appear to be from Afghanistan, authorities say.
A filed criminal complaint indicates Masehullahs wife was held captive from Sept. 1 through Feb. 2, when Modesto police found her involved in a dispute with her brother-in-law at a north Modesto shopping center.
The officers were directed to the couples home, where authorities say they found a belt used to tie up the woman. Authorities say the woman was fed once a day while held captive.
Authorities believe Mohammad Idrees, Masehullahs brother, assisted in holding the woman captive, according to the complaint. Idrees is charged with felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery on his brothers wife.
Idrees, 28, also remains free on bail. His arraignment hearing had not been scheduled.