Апреля 24 2018

Prosecutors: Disney Springs was original target before Pulse Nightclub shooting

Апреля 24 2018, 06:47 | Irvin Gilbert

Orlando Nightclub Shooter's Father Was FBI Informant, Say Lawyers For Gunman's Widow

Father of Pulse Nightclub Shooter, Omar Mateen, Was an FBI Informant

Defense attorney Fritz Scheller in court read a letter from Pulse security guard Neal Whittleton, who wrote that Mateen asked, "Where are the girls at?" when he arrived at Pulse, seemingly unaware it was a gay nightclub.

Swift took the jury through the hours of Salman's life before the attack.

"He had to choose a new target", she said.

Mateen looked at an article about ISIS' push for terror attacks on US soil during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, during the May 21, 2016, Disney visit, cellphone records in the case showed.

The Defence attorneys said the government's failure to disclose the information violated Salman's "right to a fair trial" and called for the charges against her to be thrown out. The government alleges that Salman knew Mateen had guns and she also instructed him to lie about his whereabouts that night to his mother. The defense is arguing that Salman's intellectual disability made her "someone who has more in common with children than adults", which made her susceptible to giving a false confession after being interrogated for hours by the Federal Bureau of Investigation without an attorney present. She thought he was at Disney World.

In closing arguments in the case against Noor Salman, widow of Pulse Nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, prosecutors are laying out new theories on the planning before the attack, what Mateen's wife knew, and how she allegedly lied to investigators. She said Mateen looked at the website for Pulse and identified it as his target, even though no computer records for the Pulse website of Mateen's home computer can back up that claim.

She talked with her in-laws, ate at Applebee's and texted Mateen.

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"The target of that terrorist attack was not the Pulse nightclub", Sweeney said.

Jurors started deliberating in the trial of Noor Salman earlier Wednesday.

It continued, "In light of the Government's Saturday disclosure, twelve days into trial, we can now infer-although the Government has, to this day, not disclosed that the [confidential informant] referenced in this report is Seddique Mateen-that Mateen's father played a significant role in the FBI's decision not to seek an indictment from the Justice Department for false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or obstruction of justice against Omar Mateen".

Mateen killed 49 people and police killed him. If she is convicted on the terror charge, she could face life in prison.

The note also revealed that the FBI launched an investigation of the elder Mateen after finding evidence he made money transfers to Turkey and Afghanistan in the months leading up to the shooting.

He says she would be prone to giving a false confession. That Salman could not plan for an attack because she was simple and has a low IQ, for example, should mean nothing to jurors, she says, "Helping you husband in a mass murder is not something you have to be a genius to say no to", Sweeney said, while referring to Salman as cold, callous and caring for no one else, except maybe her son.

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