The Orlando nightclub gunman’s widow appeared in federal court on Tuesday in California to face felony charges alleging that she assisted her husband and obstructed justice. Noor Salman, 30, has previously said she had no prior knowledge of the shooting planned and carried out by her husband, Omar Mateen, at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, last June. Mateen killed 49 people, injured 53, and pledged allegiance to ISIS in a 911 call before being killed in a shootout with SWAT officers. According to federal prosecutors, Salman helped Mateen provide material support to ISIS and knowingly misled police and FBI who questioned her after the attack. She made a second appearance in court on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Salman acknowledged the charges against her in a brief meeting on Tuesday, and was ordered to return on Wednesday for the formal appointment of a lawyer. In an interview with The New York Times in November, Salman had said that Mateen subjected her to physical and emotional abuse. While admitting that she knew her husband watched jihadist videos, she insisted she had no idea he intended to carry out an attack.
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