- Noor Salman’s defense filed a motion on Monday accusing prosecutors of failing to disclose information about Seddique Mateen sooner
- The elder Mateen served as a confidential FBI source between 2005 and 2016
- He is currently being investigated over money transfers to Turkey and Afghanistan
- Documents state Seddique Mateen’s ties to FBI possibly derailed a previous investigation into alleged threats made by his son in 2013
- Salman is standing trial on charges of providing material support to a foreign terror organization, ISIS, and with obstructing justice
Attorneys representing the Pulse nightclub shooter’s widow have filed a motion calling for a mistrial citing the recent bombshell revelation that the attacker’s father was an FBI informant for 11 years.
Noor Salman’s defense team are arguing that this information should have been disclosed earlier by prosecutors.
Salman, 31, is accused of helping her husband, Omar Mateen, plan the June 2016 attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, where he killed 49 people and injured at least 68 others before he was shot to death by police.
Her lawyers’ federal court motion filed on Monday states that prosecutors contacted them on Saturday night and told them about Seddique Mateen’s relationship with the FBI.
Salman is standing trial on charges of providing material support to a foreign terror organization, ISIS, and with obstructing justice. She has pleaded not guilty.
If convicted, Salman faces life in prison.
According to the motion, the elder Mateen served as a confidential FBI source from 2005 until 2016.
He is currently being investigated for a series of money transfers to Turkey and Afghanistan, the most recent of which were made just a week before the Pulse attack.