By GARY DETMAN, CBS12
ORLANDO, Fla. (WPEC) - The father of Pulse gunman Omar Mateen worked for more than 10 years as an FBI informant and faced an FBI investigation for money transfers to Turkey and Afghanistan last year, according to a court filing by attorneys for Mateen's widow, Noor Salman.
Her attorneys filed the paperwork Sunday to dismiss the charges against her or grant a mistrial based on the new information.
Salman's attorneys say the government violated her Fifth Amendment right to due process and Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial.
The motion contained text of an email from Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Sweeney to Salman's defense team, on Saturday.
I have just received authorization to disclose the following information about Seddique Mateen. If you should call S. Mateen to the stand, the government will not seek to elicit any of this information from him. Seddique Mateen was a FBI confidential human source at various points in time between January 2005 and June 2016. During a consent search conducted at Seddique Mateen's residence on June 12, 2016, receipts for money transfers to Turkey and Afghanistan were found. The dates of the transfers were between March 16, 2016 and June 5, 2016. As a result of the discovery of these receipts, an FBI investigation into Seddique Mateen was opened. S. Mateen has not been informed by the FBI about the investigation. Further, on November 1, 2012, an anonymous tip indicated that Seddique Mateen was seeking to raise $50,000 - $100,000 via a donation drive to contribute towards an attack against the government of Pakistan.
Prosecutors rested their case last week, arguing Salman had helped her husband plan the attack at the nightclub that left 49 people dead in June 2016. Mateen lived in Fort Pierce.
Salman faces life in prison if convicted.
Her defense team will present its case in federal court Monday.