Widow Of Orlando Nightclub Gunman Knew Of His Plans, Prosecutors Say

Orlando:  The widow of the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in 2016 cased possible attack sites with her husband and did nothing to stop his plans, prosecutors told jurors at her federal trial on Wednesday.

But a defence attorney for Noor Salman said she was a “simple woman who loved children” and did not know that her husband, Omar Mateen, intended to carry out the Pulse nightclub shooting on June 12, 2016.

Dueling portraits of Salman, 31, emerged during opening statements at her trial in U.S. District Court in Orlando. She faces up to life in prison if she is convicted of aiding and abetting her husband and obstructing a federal investigation.

“The defendant’s cold actions gave Omar Mateen the green light to commit these crimes” on behalf of Islamic State, Assistant U.S. Attorney James Mandolfo told jurors. She is the only person charged in the massacre. Mateen died in an exchange of gunfire with police.

Mandolfo said the…

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