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Judge approves release of Florida nightclub shooter's widow

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Salman, 31, is accused of aiding and abetting her husband, Omar Mateen, in the deadly Pulse nightclub shooting that left 49 people dead and more than two dozen injured last June.

A California federal judge's Wednesday decision to release Noor Salman on $500,000 bond earned immediate reaction from Orlando Police Chief John Mina.

Ms Salman has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and claimed that she was victim of domestic abuse.

Ryu said prosecutors couldn't prove that Salman was a flight risk or a danger to the community.

Ryu also said the trial judge in Florida could disagree with her and have Salman taken into custody again. Her trial has not been scheduled yet.

Sweeney also said the couple ran up $25,000 in credit card debt and spent $5,000 in cash in the days before the shooting.

The government alleges Salman knew Mateen would carry out the attack and "cased" three locations with him he might use for a terrorist act.

She can not apply for a passport or visa while her case is being prosecuted. She has been charged with helping her husband in the months leading up to the attack, according to an indictment unsealed.

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Mateen pledged allegiance to multiple terror organizations before walking into the Pulse, a popular gay nightclub, and opening fire on a near-capacity crowd in the early morning hours of June 12, 2016.

Salman grew up in the East Bay town of Rodeo, and lived there after a divorce from her first husband, prior to marrying Mateen in 2013 and relocating to Florida.

Federal authorities arrested Salman in January at her mother's home in suburban San Francisco, where she moved with her 4-year-old son after the attack.

Salman is in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, where she was on suicide watch.

Ms Salman's lawyer, Linda Moreno, said it was "extraordinarily rare" for bail to be given in terrorism cases.

An official told CNN on condition of anonymity that evidence will show she was complicit and had to know her husband was going to do something bad. In addition, Mateen and Salman made her the death beneficiary of his bank account.

Salman's family has said she is a "simple and innocent" woman who was mentally and physically abused by Mateen.

Swift argued that prosecutors were charging Salman with the crimes of her husband.

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