Noor Salman, wife of terrorist Omar Mateen, is on trial this week for providing support to a terrorist organization.
Omar Mateen answered his call to Jihad in June 2016 and killed 49 people in the name of Islam in the worst Islamic terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11.
Omar Mateen was on the FBI’s radar prior to the attack yet he somehow slipped through the cracks.
Noor Salman was arrested by the FBI in January months after her husband’s mass killing at a gay night club.
In June 2016 after the shooting Attorney General Loretta Lynch admitted to reporters she had no idea where Omar Mateen’s wife had went off to.
Salman was later arrested.
In an interview with The New York Times in November 2016 Salman said she did not know her husband was planning an attack and that she thought he was out with a friend that night.
But she was lying.
According to prosecutors Noor Salman gave a green light to her husband Omar Mateen to commit the mass killing.
The Orlando Sentinel reported:
Mandolfo’s opening statement also included a preview of the evidence the government plans to use to convict Salman, who is accused of aiding and abetting her husband and of lying to federal investigators after the attack.
- Mandolfo said Salman scoped out Disney Springs with her husband before the shooting. “He said, ‘What would make people more upset – an attack at a club or an attack at Disney?’” the prosecutor said. Salman’s defense has argued that some of the claims she made in statements to the FBI after the attack — including that she and Mateen had driven around Pulse together days before the massacre — are contracted by cellphone records, which don’t place them in the area. Her statements are a key element in the case.
- Mandolfo said Salman knew Mateen had been looking at jihadist material — and that it was so extreme, she would pull her 3-year-old son away from the room.
- Mandolfo said Salman knowingly hid her husband’s intentions from his family and the police. Prosecutors intend to prove this point using text messages Salman sent to Mateen, in which they say she helped him concoct a cover story for where he was going in the hours before the attack. “If ur mom calls say nimo invited you out and noor wants to stay home, ” she wrote, referring to a friend of Mateen’s. “She asked where you were xoxo. Love you.”
- Mandolfo also said Salman was aware of her husband spending “thousands of dollars to prepare for the attack.”
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