ORLANDO — The government has revealed that the Pulse nightclub shooter’s father was an FBI informant for 11 years before the attack, lawyers for his widow said Monday.
They said prosecutors also told them in an e-mail Saturday that the government found evidence on the day of the attack that Omar Mateen’s father, Seddique Mateen, had been sending money to Afghanistan and Turkey, and that he had been accused of raising money to fund violence against the government of Pakistan.
Noor Salman’s lawyers say this new information — shared only after prosecutors rested their case — should result in a mistrial or a dismissal of the charges against her.
Salman, 31, is accused of helping her husband plan his June 2016 attack at the Orlando nightclub, where he killed 49 people. Omar Mateeen was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police.
Salman is being tried in federal court in Orlando. It’s unclear when the judge will rule on the motion to dismiss.
Her lawyers say the government’s belated disclosure has prevented them from exploring the possibilities that Seddique Mateen was more directly involved, and that Salman may have been framed to hide the government’s mistakes.