Noor Salman, 30, now sits in prison while she awaits her trial for aiding and abetting her husband, Omar Mateen, as he planned and carried out an ISIS-inspired massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, last June.
It has been widely reported that Salman accompanied her husband when he cased locations for potential terrorist attacks and knew ahead of time that he was planning the attack. Prosecutors says that she misled FBI agents about what she knew about her husband’s plans.
Salman had moved from Florida to California to be with family after her husband’s planned massacre at a gay Orlando nightclub left 49 dead and dozens wounded. There, she was arrested and charged with aiding and abetting and obstruction of justice and was ordered to be released on $500,000 bond.
Acting upon a request from prosecutors on Friday, US District Judge Paul Byron in Orlando revoked her bond and ordered that Salman remain in jail to await her pending trial.
Salman has pleaded not guilty to charges of both aiding and abetting and obstruction of justice but, according to Byron, Salman was a flight risk and could still pose a danger to the community.
“Upon consideration, this court finds that no condition or combination of conditions of pretrial release will reasonably assure the safety of the community or the reasonably assure the defendant’s appearance during the required court proceedings,” he wrote.
US Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu of Oakland, California, had ruled that it was “debatable whether the government has enough evidence to convict Salman and ordered her released from jail until trial,” according to the report.
On June 12, 2016, Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State while he carried out the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history. He was killed by police after a three-hour standoff. FBI agents interviewed Salman for 16 hours after the massacre.
Salman’s attorney, Charles Swift in Texas, stated that she maintains her innocence. “We are currently exploring all available legal remedies on her behalf,” he said, asking the community to “withhold judgment” until hearing the facts at her trial.
According to court-ordered psychiatric tests, “Salman had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and also had a high probability of intellectual impairment, although the results weren’t definitive.”
H/T: Daily Mail
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