Bowe Bergdahl arraigned at North Carolina Army base – seattlepi.com

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Wearing a dress blue uniform, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faced a military judge Tuesday for the first time since the U.S. Army decided to proceed with a military trial that could result in a life sentence for his disappearance in Afghanistan in 2009. Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban for five years after he walked off a base, was arraigned during a short hearing on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, a relatively rare charge that carries the severe punishment. Bergdahl deferred entering a plea and did not decide whether he wants to face a court-martial with a jury or one with just a judge. A preliminary hearing officer initially recommended a special court-martial, which is a misdemeanor-level forum. Bergdahl’s disappearance and the possibility that he might face light punishment had angered many in the military, who say his fellow soldiers took considerable risks to search for him.

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