Lawyers for Pulse shooter’s wife call for mistrial
Defense says prosecutors withheld Salman ‘ s father-in-law was a FBI informant.
The Orlando nightclub shooter’s father – revealed to be an FBI informant told authorities that were investigating Omar Mateen for the attack that pro-terror remarks of the would-be gangster made to colleagues were just a few examples of him “stupid,” an agent testified Monday.
FBI Special Agent Juvenal Martin, who was on the stand in the terrorism trial of Noor Salman, Omar Mateen’s wife, said Omar’s father, Seddique, of him and his son was investigated for the reactions in 2006, ten years before the Pulse attack, and was angry.
Martin testified Seddique told him something like “if he had done those things, he was stupid,” the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Martin said that the FBI interviewed Umar two other times as part of that investigation, but ultimately determined he was not a security threat. The agency even considered turning Omar into a confidential informant himself, according to Martin’s testimony.
Noor Salman and Omar Mateen. Salman is accused of obstructing justice and complicity Mateen’s allegiance to ISIS.
Mateen, during the June 2016 shoot that 49 dead at the gay nightclub, claimed allegiance to ISIS.
In interviews with Martin, Seddique also said there was a distant family connection on his wife’s side to the Fort Hood shooter, but Martin told the court Monday that the claim could not be confirmed.
The news of Seddique is an FBI informant, Saturday disclosed to the lawyers representing Salman, led to immediate calls by the defense for a mistrial.
“Seddique Mateen was an FBI confidential human source at different points in time between January 2005 and June 2016,” the defense lawyers, in a court document filed Sunday, quoted Assistant United States Attorney Sara Sweeney as saying in a letter.
June 15, 2016: Federal Bureau of Investigation officials collect evidence from the car park of the Pulse nightclub in the days after the attack.
The 31-year-old Salman is accused of obstruction of justice, as FBI agents say that they lied to them in the hours after the Pulse of the nightclub of the attack, and the costs of complicity Mateen’s allegiance to ISIS.
Sweeney the letter said, during a search of Seddique Mateen’s home in June 2016, researchers have found receipts for money transfers to Turkey and Afghanistan in the months prior to the horrific attack on the Orlando gay nightclub, which left 49 people dead.
“As a result of the discovery of this revenue, an FBI investigation into Seddique Mateen was opened,” the letter reportedly said. “S. Mateen has not been informed by the FBI about the investigation.”
The letter also stated that, in November 2012, an anonymous tip indicated Mateen was seeking to raise up to $100,000 in donations to contribute in the direction of an attack on the government of Pakistan, the lawyers wrote.
Salman’s lawyers claim that the revelations have a significant impact on the ongoing judicial procedures.
“It is clear from the Government’s belated announcement that Mrs. Salman is defending a case without a complete set of facts and the proof that the Government is required to disclose information,” the court document said. “If the Government had not provided this information, the Defense would have investigated whether a tie existed between Seddique Mateen and his son, specifically whether Mateen’s father was involved or had prior knowledge of the Pulse attack.”
The defense lawyers also accused the government of violating Salman the rights to a fair process and a fair trial.
The lawyers added: “Moreover, the defense of the question of the Government’s witnesses is also hampered by the Government’s actions. During the cross-examination of Shahla Mateen…they denied any knowledge of the relationship between the Seddique Mateen and the FBI. This was false and the Government knew it since Seddique Mateen was working with the FBI for eleven years or Seddique Mateen had kept this information from his wife – a situation ripe for cross-examination.”
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Salman’s lawyers, who deny that they have anything to do with the attack, began presenting their case Monday. The government prosecutors rested Thursday without ever having to call Seddique, despite that he is on the witness list, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
In opening statements, lawyer Linda Moreno said Salman was a person with a low IQ who do not know yet “she wakes up, a widow, and Omar Mateen a martyr for a cause that they do not support.”
In November 2016, interview with The New York Times, Salman apologized for her husband from the law and claimed that she was not aware of his plan.
“I don’t condone what he has done,” she told the newspaper. “I am very sorry for what has happened. He has hurt a lot of people.”
The Orlando Sentinel added closing arguments could begin Wednesday, and a ruling could come by the end of the week.
FBI agents arrested Salman in January 2017, in her California home, where she had been, who with her young son, which she shared with Mateen.
Months earlier, at the height of the 2016 presidential election cycle, Seddique was spotted cheering on Hillary Clinton, and waving an American flag on an Orlando-area rally, where they pay tribute to the victims of his son’s rampage and been convicted of “hate.”
Mateen the presence of — right behind Clinton — was first noted by WPTV in Florida. The TV station later interviewed Mateen, who to a large, yellow pro-Clinton banner calls her “good for national security” and “gun control laws.”
Although Mateen claimed that he was “invited” to the Kissimmee, Florida, rally outside of Orlando, he also suggested the invitation can come in the form of a mass e-mail.
“The rally was a 3,000-person, open-door event for the public,” a campaign official told Fox News. “This person was not invited as a guest, and the campaign was unaware of his presence until after the event.”
Mateen was quoted as saying that “it is a Democratic y, so everyone can join in.”
He also called Clinton “good for [the] United States vs. Donald Trump.” If his son’s actions, he said that he wants his son had joined the Army and fought ISIS.
“That would be much better,” he told WPTV.
Fox News’ Jennifer Earl contributed to this report.