AFGHANISTAN

Former Taliban hostage charged with desertion

NEWS

March 26 th, 2015

US Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, former hostage of the Taliban released in spring 2014 in exchange for five Afghan prisoners, was formally charged with desertion and misbehaving before the enemy. Bergdahl slipped away from his patrol base in Afghanistan in 2009 was held captive for five years. The soldier will face a preliminary hearing, frequently compared to a grand jury proceeding in a civilian court. He could face life imprisonment if convicted.


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