Daily News Roundup – March 26, 2018

Pulse Nightclub Shooter’s Wife On Trial, Father Transfers Money to Middle East

An FBI agent testified on Monday that the father of the Orlando Pulse night club shooter told authorities that his son’s pro-terror comments made to coworkers were examples of him “being stupid”. The FBI had been investigating the shooter, Omar Mateen, before the attack when his father made these comments.

This came during a terrorism trial for Noor Salman, Omar Mateen’s wife, where FBI Special Agent Jevenal Martin was on the stand stating Omar’s father called him while Omar was being investigated in 2006 and was visibly angry. Mateen’s father, Seddique told Martin that “if he had done those things he was being stupid”. The agent mentioned two other interviews that were conducted between the FBI and Omar Mateen, but he was dismissed as a terror threat.

Now, after information about Seddique Mateen’s involvement as an FBI informant, the defense is calling for a mistrial, where a court document filed Sunday said “Seddique Mateen was a FBI confidential human source at various points in time between January 2005 and June 2016.”

Omar Mateen’s wife, Noor Salmam is accused of obstruction of justice and charges of aiding and abetting Mateen’s allegiance to ISIS, claiming she lied to them in the hours after the Pulse nightclub attack. Also included in court documents was information about a search of Mateen’s father’s home, where investigators found receipts for money transfers to Turkey and Afghanistan in the months leading up to the tragedy.

“It is apparent from the Government’s belated disclosure that Ms. Salman has been defending a case without a complete set of facts and evidence that the Government was required to disclose,” the court document said. “If the Government had provided this information, the Defense would have investigated whether a tie existed between Seddique Mateen and his son, specifically whether Mateen’s father was involved in or had foreknowledge of the Pulse attack.”

Salman’s lawyers, who deny she had anything to do with the attack, began their case on Monday. The Orlando Sentinel noted that closing arguments could begin as early as Wednesday, with a verdict coming in by the end of the week