The lead lawyer for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl said Friday that he would not confirm reports that Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for five years, would plead guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
“We have no comment,” said Eugene Fidell, a civilian lawyer representing Bergdahl in his court-martial at Fort Bragg.
The Associated Press, citing two individuals with knowledge of the case, reported that Bergdahl, 31, of Idaho, had decided to plead guilty rather than face trial.
Bergdahl’s court-martial is slated to begin later this month. A conviction could carry a life sentence for the soldier, who walked off his remote post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was subsequently captured and held by the Taliban for half a decade.
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