Published On: Wed, Jan 18th, 2017

Orlando terrorist, Omar Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman arrested in connection to attack

The spouse of Orlando’s terrorist, the Islamic shooter of the Pulse nightclub, has been arrested, facing federal charges of obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting her husband’s material support to Islamic State.

Noor Salman, the wife of Omar Mateen, will appear in court Tuesday in Oakland, according to Assistant US Attorney Abraham Simmons.

The NY Times reported the news of her arrest after charges were filed in the Middle District of Florida. Salman “acted of her own free will and knowingly took steps to obstruct the investigation into the massacre”, according to a law enforcement official.

Omar Mateen

Salman had claimed that she was coerced through her husband’s abusive behavior, but officials now claim they have evidence she was complicit and knew her husband’s scheme.

Still called an attack on the gay community, Mateen’s phone call to 911 reveal his allegiance to Islamic State, the Muslim caliphate and his objections to the war torn Syrian crisis. The Obama administration was criticized for censoring the 911 call, removing these references during the initial reports.

No surpirse that the woman’s lawyer alleges Noor is a victim, but tries to use the memory of the victims to create a wedge and shield from these allegations.

“Noor Salman had no foreknowledge nor could she predict what Omar Mateen intended to do that tragic night,” said family attorney Linda Moreno of Tampa, Florida, in a statement.

“Noor has told her story of abuse at his hands. We believe it is misguided and wrong to prosecute her and that it dishonors the memories of the victims to punish an innocent person.”

“I am glad to see that Omar Mateen’s wife has been charged with aiding her husband in the commission of the brutal attack on the Pulse nightclub,” said Orlando Police Chief John Mina.

“There’s no doubt in my mind, based on the information I knew and I received from the FBI over the past seven months, that she knew, that she aided and that she could have prevented this tragedy,” he told CNN’s Erin Burnett.

Mateen had been flagged by officials after co-workers raised concerns over Mateen’s increasing Islamic extremism. Tragically, the FBI blamed the co-workers, calling them Islamophobic and lifted the tracking — this allowed Mateen the opportunity to buy firearms, the very one used in the attack. Disney and a gun owner raised additional concerns about Mateen and his wife, but those also went unaddressed.

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