NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Lawyers for three Somali men accused of killing four Americans aboard a yacht claim the deaths resulted from actions by the U.S. Navy and the FBI.

Defense lawyers say an unstable situation was created by what they call “aggressive actions” by the Navy and “the failure to conduct the negotiations with the Somalis in a proper fashion.”

Media outlets say defense lawyers made these arguments in motions filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Norfolk.

Co-defendants Ahmed Muse Salad, Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar could face the death penalty if they’re convicted.

 

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