The trial of Noor Salman took an unexpected turn as her lawyers argued for a mistrial due, claiming prosecutors did not reveal that her husband and Pulse Nightclub shooter, Omar Mateen’s father was an FBI informant for 11 years.
This is the latest on Salman’s trial and why the reveal of Mateen’s father as a government informant may have an effect on the case.
The Orlando Night Club Shooting
On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen walked into Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida and began to open fire. By the time he was done, Mateen killed 49 people, directly or inadvertently caused the injury of 58 people, and was then shot dead.
At the time, it was the deadliest attack on U.S. soil since 9/11 and is still one of the worst attacks on the LGBTQ community. With the shooter dead, law enforcement went in search of anyone who may have been connected to the shooting, or who may have helped Mateen. Suspicion eventually fell on Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman.
The Charges against Noor Salman
Currently, with her husband dead, Noor Salman is the only person to be charged for anything in regards to the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Salman was charged with aiding and abetting the attempted provision, and provision of material support to a foreign terrorist organization. She was also charged with obstruction of justice.
Essentially, the charges allege that Salman knowingly helped her husband, and therefore knowingly helped the terrorist Islamic State group. That, despite the fact she knew the attack on Pulse Nightclub was imminent, she did nothing to stop it.
According to the FBI, Salman told them that she went with Mateen as he bought ammo for the shooting, but pleaded with him not to do it, though she never reported it to the authorities.
The Defence’s New Argument
Salman’s attorneys contend that she was coerced into signing a number of statements that just happen to the fit the FBI’s narrative for the shooting. And as of Sunday (March 25), they also claim that another person should have been looked at as Mateen’s accomplice, his own father.
Salman’s attorneys claim that they received information from the prosecution relating to Mateen’s father, Seddique Mateen. He was apparently an FBI informant from 2005 until June 2015. Seddique was also reportedly being investigated for funneling money for an attack against Pakistan in 2012.
As such, Salman’s defense team is now arguing that is was possibly Seddique supplying with his son with materials to carry out the attack, and that due to his status as an informant, he was overlooked. As such, they are looking for the case to be thrown out of court.
As of this writing, neither the judge nor the prosecution made any statements towards the request.