Omar Mateen's widow found not guilty


The FBI arrested Salman in January of a year ago on a charge of obstruction of justice and "aiding and abetting by providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization", according to Orlando Police Chief John Mina. She faced life in prison.

Eventually, however, the court agreed the protection anyhow, acquitting Noor Salman of both costs: aiding and abetting the arrangement of product assistance to an global terrorism company- in this instance, the Islamic State, to which Omar Mateen vowed his obligation throughout the strike- and also blockage of justice.

Jurors at the court in Orlando on Friday found Noor Salman not guilty of obstruction of justice, and for providing material support to Mateen before the mass shooting, one of the deadliest in modern United States history.

In her closing argument, assistant US attorney Sara Sweeney argued that this fact was irrelevant, because the initial target of the attack that Mateen and Salman had planned was not the Pulse nightclub, but rather, Disney World. "I think that she knew that he was up to something".

"She does not have to be his equal in the attack, and in fact she is not", the prosecutor said.

Salman was charged with providing material support to the Islamic State and with obstructing justice.

The jury deliberated for more than three days.

Outside the courthouse, Salman's uncle, Al Salman thanked his niece's attorney and said, "Happy Friday". While the conviction of Noor Salman would not have brought anyone back or undone the crime, but the massacre now goes unresolved and still leaves many questioning her involvement.

"It's a frightful, random, senseless killing by a monster", Mr Swift said during closing arguments.

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She didn't answer questions from the media, and hung onto the arm of her attorney as they walked to a waiting auto.

Amongst those crucial information, inning accordance with the protection declaring, was that Mateen's dad had actually functioned as a private source for the Federal Bureau of Investigation at numerous factors over greater than a years leading right as much as the June 2016 capturing. The jury had been provided with a signed confession that said she helped her husband.

On the night of the attack, Mr. Mateen went to the House of Blues at Disney Springs, GPS data and surveillance footage showed.

Officials from U.S. District Court in Orlando said the jury's decision would be announced Friday morning.

A jury has cleared Noor Salman of all charges related to the 2016 shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

According to the New York Times, Salman wiped tears from her eyes as the verdict was read. Her lawyers say she had no knowledge of them and was mentally and physically abused by him. "The importance to this case is that if he didn't know, she couldn't know".

Prosecutors argued the messages show Salman was helping her husband concoct a cover story to tell his parents, who had invited the couple to a fast-breaking dinner at their mosque.

In the statement, Ms Salman said over "the last two years, Omar talked to me about jihad".