Official: US military to charge Bergdahl with desertion

2015-03-25 20:57
Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl preparing to be interviewed by US Army investigators. (File, AP)

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl preparing to be interviewed by US Army investigators. (File, AP)

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Washington - A US official says the army sergeant who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years will be court martialed on charges of desertion and avoiding military service.

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl will also be charged with misbehaviour before the enemy, said the official, who was not authorised to discuss the announcement publicly on the record and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The US military plans an announcement later.

Bergdahl walked away from his post in Afghanistan and was captured, then released from Taliban capture in a prisoner exchange.

General Mark Milley, head of US Army Forces Command, has been reviewing the massive case files and had a broad range of legal options, including various degrees of desertion charges.

A major consideration was whether military officials would be able to prove that Bergdahl had no intention of returning to his unit - a key element in the more serious desertion charges.

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