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A newly leaked report relieved that House Speaker John Boehner's staff has had meetings with the captured Somali Pirate Mohamed Garad, who is now being held in Norfolk, Virginia where he is being tried on charges of piracy and murder. The report said the meetings discussed negotiating strategies. According to the unconfirmed report Boehner's staff met with Mohamed Garad and discussed ways to refine the House GOP's strategy so they'll have a better chance to get Democrats in the Senate and President Obama to capitulate to their non-negotiable demands to defund the Affordable Care Act by using the threat to shut down the Federal Government.

Somalia: Accused Somali Pirates Face Death Penalty in U.S. Trial

Three Somali men face a possible death penalty when they go on trial this week for a pirate attack that led to the death of four Americans.

Jury selection begins Tuesday in the city of Norfolk, Virginia, for Ahmed Muse Salad, Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Sheikh Abrar.

The three were among 15 Somalis arrested after the killing of the Americans aboard the Quest, a vessel hijacked by pirates near the coast of Somalia in February 2011.

A U.S. indictment accuses Salad, Beyele and Abrar of shooting and killing the four Americans without provocation during hostage negotiations with the U.S. Navy and FBI.

The three face a total of 26 counts of piracy, kidnapping, hostage-taking and discharge of a firearm resulting in death. All three have pleaded not guilty.

Eleven other Somalis along with an onshore negotiator arrested for the Quest incident have received sentences of life in prison.

         
                                             A few of Boehner's hostages.

Originally posted to Lefty Coaster on Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM PDT.

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