Jurors weigh death for pirates

On Monday, the trial of three Somali pirates – Ahmed Muse Salad, Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar – entered its final phase in U.S. District Court. 

Jurors weighing death for pirates hear families’ grief

Vivian Callahan’s divorce saved her life.

If her ex-husband hadn’t filed the paperwork when he did, she would have joined her friends on a 58-foot sailboat as they traveled across the Indian Ocean.

And, she said, she would have been there in early 2011 when pirates boarded the vessel off the coast of Africa and killed the four Americans they found on board.

Callahan testified Monday as the trial of three Somali pirates – Ahmed Muse Salad, Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar – entered its final phase in U.S. District Court. Prosecutors are asking the jury to sentence the men to death. Defense attorneys are arguing for life in prison without parole.

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Source: The Virginian Pilot.

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