Noor Salman, the wife of the Pulse nightclub terrorist Omar Mateen, has admitted to knowing about her husband’s plan to launch an attack. Days before the massacre that killed 49 people at the gay club, the 31-year-old mother said she “knew an attack was close” and said she drove past the location with her husband who told her it was a “target.”
Since the attack, Salman has maintained her innocence and has lived in California with their young son, according to Daily Mail. Back in January, she was finally arrested and charged. She will soon face a jury in Florida; however, her lawyers are trying to block her statements to responding officers from being used in the trial. They say because she wasn’t under arrest when making the statements, they shouldn’t be considered as evidence.
Suspicions arose when police investigators first talked with Salman and she seemed to anticipate what they were going to tell her about Mateen. One officer said she immediately blurted out that her husband is “careful with guns and would never hurt anybody” before they even said what happened. She also asked if they needed to take her to Disney World in Orlando. That seemed “odd” to investigators until they learned Mateen surveilled the family resort as a possible target. Another tidbit of information she offered voluntarily was that her husband “liked everybody, even homosexuals.” Salman added that he “liked homosexuals because they are sympathetic to Muslims.”
Salman has since admitted that she saw her husband researching the gay hot-spot online two days before he walked in heavily armed. She asked him what it was and he told her a “target.”
“I knew at that time the attack was close,” Salman admitted, telling officers the two had driven past the location.
Salman said her husband picked Pulse because of “how upset people are going to be when it gets attacked.”
Now, Salman has apologized for lying to the FBI:
“I'm sorry for what happened. I wish I would go back and tell police and his family what he was going to do.
“I’m sorry I lied to the FBI, these are my own words.”
Salman’s lawyers allege that their client was never read her Miranda rights as another reason to pull these statements from evidence for her trial. As Daily Mail noted, her lawyer is also trying to get something else blocked:
He is also trying to block the recorded conversations Mateen had with a hostage negotiator while still inside the nightclub and they do not want one witness, a terror expert who says they can shed light on how Mateen was radically motivated, to testify.
In earlier interviews, Salman admitted to knowing her husband watched jihadist videos online but didn’t think he posed a threat.
“I just want people to know that I am human; I am a mother,” she had said.
Now she can add liar to that list.
Salman faces life in prison if found guilty.