Court acquits author’s widow of the massacre at Orlando nightclub

Noor Salman, widow of the author of the 49-person massacre at Orlando’s “Pulse” nightclub in 2016, Omar Mateen, was found “not guilty” today of all charges of collaborating with her husband by a jury in a Florida court .

Salman, 31, of Palestinian origin, was accused of cover-up, obstruction of justice and aid to a terrorist organization in the commission of a crime.

“Thank you, sir, she would not have to pay for the crimes, murders, committed by her husband,” said Al Salman, uncle of the acquitted, on leaving the court.

She said that what she wants most is for her to meet with her 5-year-old son. “He is the only thing she has, and I do not know how she’s going to overcome these two years” of incarceration.

Mateen shot and killed 49 people who attended a Latino party at the Pulse gay club on June 12, 2016 and, before dying by police fire, swore allegiance to the Islamic State (IS).

The family of Noor Salman recognizes that the community of Orlando is still in mourning and said they feel distressed by the victims of the massacre, although happy with the verdict.

“The verdict does not matter, nothing will close our wounds,” said Carmen Capo, mother of Luis Omar Ocasio Capo, one of the victims of the massacre, to the Orlando Sentinel newspaper.

“I am disappointed with the result,” said Jerry Deming, Orange sheriff and mayoral candidate for that county.

“I know that the victims and their families may feel that justice has not prevailed,” he added.

“Nothing can erase the pain we all feel at the brutal and senseless murder of our neighbors, friends, and family we love,” said John Mina, Orlando Police Chief.

If found guilty, the widow of Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old American of Afghan origin, could have faced a life sentence.

Salman’s defense had asked the court to dismiss the charges against her or to declare the trial void, as it was recently known through the prosecution that Omar Mateen’s father, Seddique Mateen, was an FBI informant.

However, Judge Paul Byron, of the Federal District Court of the Middle District of Florida, dismissed that request from the defense attorneys, who had alleged that the fact that the Prosecutor’s Office had not informed them of that particular from the moment it was filed. He opened the case against the widow Mateen has harmed his defense.

Salman’s attorneys told the court that Salman, who was always accompanied by her family during the process, was grateful for the results of the trial. efe


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Trump’s strict policy hampers entry of Latino artists into the country

The Trump Administration's strict policy on foreign admission to the United States is preventing Ibero-American artists from making their presentations in the country and...

COVID-19 cases top 1,200 in Florida

Only about 20 Florida counties don’t have confirmed cases At least three more Florida residents or visitors have died due to complications from the coronavirus,...

LeBron James will not wear any social message on his shirt in the NBA restart

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James has confirmed that he will not sport a social message on the back of his jersey, as the...

Escobar connects home run and defines the triumph of the Royals

The shortstop Venezuelan Alcides Escobar hit the entire return in the fourteenth and defined the victory of the Kansas City Royals 2-1 on the...

The new fashionable drink in New York: potions in the style of Harry Potter

The class starts with a touch of a wand: the lights are turned on and an alchemy session begins where juices, herbs, alcohol and...