Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could face life in jail in abandonment court-martial

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A tip Army commander suddenly systematic Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was hold in oppressive chains for 5 years by a Taliban, to face a court-martial on charges of abandonment and endangering other infantry for walking divided from his fight outpost in eastern Afghanistan in 2009.

The charges are critical adequate that Bergdahl could face a limit judgment of life seizure if he is convicted. The conference could start by May, dual years after he was handed over to U.S. army in a argumentative barter authorized by a White House for 5 Taliban prisoners from a troops jail during Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The preference Monday by Gen. Robert B. Abrams, commander of Army Forces Command during Ft. Bragg, N.C., was a latest turn in a high-profile box that has been divisive in a troops and a narrow-minded emanate in Congress and in a 2016 presidential campaign.

Abrams’ sequence came as a warn since a Army counsel who presided over a rough conference in San Antonio in Sep endorsed that Bergdahl face a lower-level court-martial indifferent for misdemeanor-level offenses in a troops probity system, and that he be spared any jail time.

In a brief statement, Abrams did not explain because he was dire distant some-more critical charges. Under troops law, he is a convening management who decides either justification warrants a court-martial.

Bowe Bergdahl

Bowe Bergdahl

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a serf of a Taliban for scarcely 5 years, was released in May 2014 to a U.S. troops in Afghanistan in sell for a handover of 5 Taliban prisoners hold during Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Several members of Congress have criticized a restrained swap, observant it was…

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a serf of a Taliban for scarcely 5 years, was released in May 2014 to a U.S. troops in Afghanistan in sell for a handover of 5 Taliban prisoners hold during Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Several members of Congress have criticized a restrained swap, observant it was…

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Some Pentagon and Obama administration officials argued that Bergdahl suffered adequate during his Taliban captivity, while critics in Congress and a Army pronounced an assertive charge was indispensable to denote a earnest of desertion.

Eugene Fidell, Bergdahl’s municipal lawyer, pronounced in a matter that Abrams “did not follow a recommendation of a rough conference officer who listened a witnesses.”

Bergdahl, now 29, was a private when he walked off Observation Post Mest in Paktika range on Jun 30, 2009. Over a subsequent few months, commanders systematic countless hunt parties in imperishable domain laced with Taliban fighters.

david.cloud@latimes.com

Twitter: @DavidCloudLAT

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