The Army has officially announced that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the United States soldier that spent 5 years as a Taliban POW and long has been dogged by accusations of desertion, will face trial by general court-martial.
Bergdahl disappeared from Combat Outpost Mest-Lalak in Paktika province, Afghanistan, on June 30, 2009 and was the subject of a controversial prisoner swap in 2014. Here is footage of the swap:
Since his swap outrage has been felt among the military community who believe he willingly left his post and deserted. Now, Bergdahl will face these charges of desertion and misbehavior, facing up to life in prison.
Bergdahl has been back in the news recently as the subject of the latest season of the popular podcast “Serial.” The podcast features the first interview with the former POW and investigates the circumstances of his disappearance.
A date has not been set for the arraignment hearing but it is believed that it will be held at Fort Bragg, NC.
U.S. Army pursues court martial proceedings against Bowe Bergdahl: https://t.co/leC5Xj6nJw
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) December 14, 2015
Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer on Bowe Bergdahl: “It was clear from day one that this guy did not meet any requirement for a prisoner. He deserted.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 12, 2015
— Clarence Whorley (@ClarenceWhorley) December 10, 2015
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