Bowe Bergdahl to face court-martial

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl To Face Court Martial On Desertion Charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was hold by a Taliban for 5 years and liberated in sell for 5 detainees in Guantanamo Bay, will face charges of abandonment and misconduct before a rivalry in a ubiquitous court-martial, instead of a misdemeanor-level forum, a Army announced Monday.

A date for an prosecution discussion during Fort Bragg, N.C., will be announced later.

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Bergdahl’s attorney, Eugene Fidell, pronounced a convening management — a high-ranking officer charged with determining either justification warrants a court-martial — did not follow a recommendation of a rough discussion officer.

Lt. Col. Mark Visger had endorsed that Sgt. Bergdahl’s box be referred to a special probity martial, that is a misdemeanor-level forum. That boundary a limit punishment to rebate in rank, a bad-conduct liberate and a tenure of adult to a year in prison.

Bergdahl, of Hailey, Idaho, walked off his post in eastern Afghanistan’s Paktika range on Jun 30, 2009, and was restrained by a Taliban and hold for scarcely 5 years.

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The U.S. Army Forces Command charged a 29-year-old Bergdahl on Mar 25 with “desertion with vigilant to shirk critical or dangerous duty” and “misbehavior before a rivalry by endangering a reserve of a command, section or place.”

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Separately, Fidell, a troops probity consultant who is also a visiting techer during Yale Law School, complained about domestic total who have done derogative statements about Bergdahl.

Fidell asked that GOP presidential claimant Donald Trump “cease his unjust months-long debate of insult opposite a client.” Fidell formerly has complained about Trump job Bergdahl a traitor.

Fidell also asked a House and Senate Armed Services committees to equivocate serve statements “that influence a client’s right to a satisfactory trial.” The House cabinet final week expelled a 98-page news criticizing a Obama administration’s preference to barter a 5 former Taliban leaders for Bergdahl.

Fidell forked to a fifth page of a news that pronounced a cabinet would sojourn sideways of a disciplinary routine and safeguard that “Sgt. Bergdahl’s function is adjudicated as required.” Fidell pronounced he review that as a call to “hammer” Bergdahl for his actions.

Bergdahl hasn’t oral publicly about his preference to travel divided from his post or his successive five-year seizure by a Taliban and a restrained barter in May 2014 that cumulative his lapse to a United States. But during a past several months, he spoke extensively with screenwriter Mark Boal, who common about 25 hours of a available interviews with Sarah Koenig for her renouned podcast, “Serial.”

Bergdahl says in a interviews that he walked off his bottom to means a predicament that would locate a courtesy of troops brass. He wanted to advise them about what he believed were critical problems with care in his unit. And he wanted to infer himself as a real-life movement hero, like someone out of a movie.

“As a private first-class, nobody is going to listen to me,” Bergdahl says in a initial part of a podcast, expelled Thursday. “No one is going to take me critical that an review needs to be put underway.”

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