March 26, 2018 / 5:25 PM / 25 days ago

Judge denies motion to drop case against widow of Orlando gunman

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.

FILE PHOTO: Seddique Mateen, the father of Omar Mateen, who attacked a gay night club in Orlando before being shot dead by police, walks out of his home in Port Saint Lucie, Florida, U.S. June 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

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

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