The horrific shooting at the Orlando Pulse nightclub last year rocked the LGBT community and the world at large, and the investigation into who was responsible is still ongoing.
The FBI have made a new arrest in the case of the Pulse nightclub shooting, and it is none other than the wife of the shooter Omar Mateen. It has been reported by the New York Times that Noor Salman was arrested in her home in San Francisco.
According to law enforcement officials, Salman was arrested for obstructing the investigation into the shooting, as well as aiding and abetting by providing material support. Apparently, investigators have been weighing charges against her for months.
When she was originally interviewed by police about the attack, police believed that she was not telling the truth about her husband’s plans for the attack.
Linda Moreno, her lawyer, had this to say: Noor Salman had no foreknowledge nor could she predict what Omar Mateen intended to do that tragic night. 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.”
A previous report from NBC News said: “Omar Mateen’s current wife, Noor, told the FBI she was with him when he bought ammunition and a holster, several officials familiar with the case said. She told the FBI that she once drove him to the gay nightclub, Pulse, because he wanted to scope it out.”
Her arrest will definitely come with it’s challenges for the prosecution, as because Salman told of a marriage filled with physical abuse, which means that the jury will feel sympathetic towards her.
With that in mind, and the fact that it has taken the prosecution months to weigh the charges against Salman means that the decision to place her under arrest was not made lightly.