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Published On: Mon, Jun 13th, 2016

Omar Mateen’s father, Seddique Mir Mateen says son ‘not radicalized’ and talks punishing gays

The father of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, Seddique Mir Mateen, opened up about his “good son” in a series of new interviews, and claiming that the Islamic State loyalist was not “radicalized” and  “God will punish those involved in homosexuality.” Seddique dismisses his son’s 911 call ahead of the shooting, mentioning ISIS, saying he “doesn’t even have a beard.”

In the video posted early Monday, Seddique Mateen says his son was well-educated and respectful to his parents, and that he was “not aware what motivated him to go into a gay club and kill 50 people.”

Mateen says he was saddened by his son’s actions during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, adding that “God will punish those involved in homosexuality,” saying it’s, “not an issue that humans should deal with.”

 

Seddique Mateen photo/ screenshot of videos

Seddique Mateen photo/ screenshot of videos

“He surprised me because I didn’t see anything irregular with him,” Seddique said of Omar. “I saw him yesterday afternoon. Everything was normal.”

Seddique, who was born in Afghanistan and later moved to the United States, where his three children were born, continued, “I don’t think he was radicalized. That’s what my gut feeling tells me.”

In an interview with The Washington Post on Sunday evening, Seddique further discussed his son, who reportedly called 911 and pledged his loyalty to the Islamic State prior to committing the crime.

“I think he just wanted to boast of himself. No radicalism, no,” he said of Omar. “He doesn’t have a beard even.… I don’t think religion or Islam had anything to do with this.”

In his Facebook videos, the alleged gunman’s father has often appeared wearing a military uniform and declaring himself the leader of a “transitional revolutionary government” of Afghanistan. He claims to have his own intelligence agency and close ties to the U.S. Congress — assets he says he will use to subvert Pakistani influence and take control of Afghanistan.

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