A federal judge in California has agreed to release on bail the widow of the gunman who killed 49 people at an Orlando nightclub until she faces trial on charges of aiding his attack.
Noor Salman and Omar Mateen are seen in this photo from Salman's Facebook page, which has been deleted.
The judge added that there is no evidence the accused is directly linked to any terror groups, or that she personally holds extremist views.
Orlando police Chief John Mina said he was disappointed with the judge's decision, but praised the work of federal investigators on the case.
Omar Mateen killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016, before being shot and killed by police. Wife of Pulse shooter charged with aiding and abettingSalman has been charged with aiding and abetting Mateen in the deadly shooting.
Prosecutors have said Salman accompanied Mateen on scouting trips to the nightclub and other possible targets - including a Disney attraction. As part of her release agreement, Salman would have to wear an ankle monitor and would live with her uncle in Northern California.
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The US Department of Justice has until Friday to appeal the ruling before Salman is allowed to walk free after posting $500,000 bond. Salman's trial has not been scheduled.
Noor told the Federal Bureau of Investigation she was with him when he bought ammunition and a holster, several officials familiar with the case said.
Salman's family has said she is a "simple and innocent" woman who was mentally and physically abused by Mateen.
Salman was arrested in the San Francisco area in January after a two-count indictment was handed down by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida.
A USA federal judge in California on Wednesday agreed to release on bail the widow of the gunman who killed dozens of people at an Orlando nightclub past year. Prosecutors say she helped scope out potential locations for the attack.
However, Salman won't be immediately released. Among the purchases was an $8,000 diamond ring for Salman. They allege Ryu " incorrectly held the government to a higher standard before crediting its evidence than she did the defense". Prosecutors argued Wednesday that she is a flight risk.