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Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl Face Life In Prison After Being Charged With Desertion

March 25, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl Face Life In Prison After Being Charged With Desertion

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. — The Associated Press is reporting that Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban after abandoning his post, faces life in prison.

Military officials charged Bergdahl on Wednesday with desertion and the more serious charge of misbehavior before the enemy, which could see him face life in jail if convicted.

The misbehavior before the enemy charge falls under Article 99 of the UCMJ, indicates he did much worse than desert his post, but gave aid and comfort to the enemy.

The charge would see Bergdahl face a dishonorable discharge, a rank reduction, and the possible forfeiture his pay.

The former prisoner of war must now appear for an Article 32 proceeding at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The hearing amounts to a Grand Jury proceeding, to discern if there is enough evidence to court-martial Bergdahl and go to trial.

Officials have yet determine a scheduled date for the hearing. Bergdahl was handed over to U.S. Special Forces in exchange for five top Taliban commanders, held prisoner in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Some in the military say that Bergdahl’s captivity by the Taliban is enough punishment. However, a majority of Army personnel, including soldiers from his own unit argue that men lost their lives searching for him and that he should face severe punishment.

The Bergdahl exchange set off a fierce political debate with many Republicans criticizing the Obama Administration for cutting a deal with the Taliban, who many consider a terrorist organization.

Many also argue the release of the five Taliban commanders would see them return to the battlefield.

Military officials believe there is enough proof that Bergdahl had no intention of returning to his unit, which is the key argument for the most serious charge of desertion.

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