Noor Salman, the wife of Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen, could be facing life in prison on charges against her in a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday, prosecutors said they knowingly helped her husband’s terror plans while trying to the police and the FBI out of their path.
Salman, 30, “did knowingly aid and abet” her husband’s attempts to support the Islamic State terror group, the two-count indictment is opened on Tuesday stated. It is also charged her with obstruction of justice. The indictment painted a very different picture of her to claim she was clueless about his intentions.
The “complicity” charge signals that the fbi believe that they played an important role in the attack, a former federal prosecutor, told FoxNews.com. “If you gave someone a gun knowing that they are going to use it to rob a bank and, in the eyes of the law, you are just guilty as the bank robber,” John Malcolm, Director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, said.
Mateen killed in a shootout with the police, after he killed 49 people, injured 53 others, at the Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016. The FBI arrested his wife in her home in Rodeo, Calif., on Monday morning.
If the obstruction charges, prosecutors said Salman “knowingly” misled the police and the FBI about the massacre.
Salman was the result of a federal court in Oakland later Tuesday. Her lawyer, Linda Moreno, said she “had no foreknowledge they could also predict what Omar Mateen intended to do that tragic night.”
However, the researchers said the pair texted each other during the massacre. Mateen allegedly asked his wife: ‘you see what happens?” She was said to have replied: “No?”, as Mateen said, “I love you, sweetheart.”
Mateen promised allegiance to ISIS in a 911 call during the three-hour standoff that ended in his death.
FoxNews.com’s Malia Zimmerman, Fox News’ Claudia Cowan and The Associated Press contributed to this report.