ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A judge on Monday denied a defence motion for dismissal of charges against the widow of the gunman in a 2016 massacre at a Florida nightclub, saying the fact that his father worked as an FBI informant was not relevant to the case against her.
Over the weekend, prosecutors disclosed that Omar Mateen’s father, Seddique, worked for the FBI before the massacre of 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June 2016.
Lawyers for Mateen’s widow, Noor Salman, argued that the judge should dismiss the case because prosecutors had failed to reveal the FBI’s relationship to Mateen’s father beforehand.
Salman is accused of helping her husband carry out surveillance of possible attack sites and doing nothing to stop his plans. Mateen, who claimed allegiance to a member of the Islamic State militant group, was killed by police after the rampage.
Salman faces possible life in prison if convicted on charges of aiding her husband in the attack and obstructing an investigation.
Reporting by Joey Roulette; Additional reporting and writing by Ian Simpson; Editing by David Gregorio and James Dalgleish