LBN’s Ryan Gaumont reports that U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl will face a general court-martial. LBN recently reported on Bergdahl’s story. In 2009, Bergdahl abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held prisoner by the Taliban for five years. He was released in a controversial prisoner exchange in 2014. He will now face charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy which could carry a sentence of life in prison.
General Robert Abrams, who heads the Armed Forces Command at Fort Bragg, made the decision to pursue the general court-martial. The decision comes two months after Lt. Colonel Robert Visger, who investigated the case, recommended that Bergdahl face a special court-martial, a lower form of judicial proceeding that would carry a maximum penalty of twelve months in prison.
It is somewhat uncommon for the Army to reject a recommendation such as that made by Lt. Col. Visger. But the Bergdahl case as stirred strong passions ever since the prisoner exchange. One complaint is that six soldiers died in the search for Bergdahl. Some members of the military have said that Bergdahl is a deserter who was not worthy of the prisoner exchange.
Bergdahl will be arraigned at a later date at Fort Bragg.
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