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Bowe Bergdahl, the former hostage who pleaded guilty to desertion, avoids prison

Bowe Bergdahl, the former hostage who pleaded guilty to desertion, avoids prison

Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban and held for five years, until President Barack Obama traded Taliban prisoners to bring him back.

Bergdahl, who originally faced a possibility of life in prison, pleaded guilty to the charges in October and opted to be tried by a military judge rather than a jury.

Although he did not receive any further jail time, he has been dishonourably discharged from the military. The judge had wide leeway because Bergdahl made no deal with prosecutors to limit his sentence.

President Donald Trump on Friday reacted to the news on Twitter. President Trump had called Sgt Bergdahl 'a traitor.' Sean Langan, who made a documentary about Sgt Berghdahl and was also held captive by the Taliban, told Julian Marshall about today's verdict.

Earlier this week, the military judge in the case warned that Trump's repeated remarks on the case could "mitigate" the sentencing.

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During a hearing Friday in Fort Bragg, N.C., Bergdahl was sentenced to dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of $1,000 in pay per month and a reduction in rank from sergeant to private, according to a statement from the Army.

A punitive discharge deprives Bergdahl of most or all his veterans benefits.

Prosecutors had sought a stiff penalty because of wounds suffered by service members who searched for Bergdahl after he disappeared in 2009.

The 31-year-old, from Hailey, Idaho, was brought home by Mr Obama in 2014 in a swap for five Taliban prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

During last year's presidential campaign Donald Trump said he believed Bergdahl should be put to death for abandoning his post in the war zone.


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