Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl receives zero jail time, dishonorable discharge

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl receives zero jail time, dishonorable discharge

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl receives zero jail time, dishonorable discharge

A USA military judge ruled Friday that Bowe Bergdahl, the United States soldier who deserted his Afghanistan post only to be held captive by insurgents for five years, would serve no prison time after a politically charged trial. Instead, he will be dishonorably discharged from the military, as reported by CNN, and his rank reduced from sergeant to private and he will be "required to pay a $1,000 fine from his salary for the next 10 months". The judge made no other comments.

The presidents comment on Twitter came Friday, less than an hour after the White House declined to comment on the sentence.

President Donald Trump tweeted that the sentence was "a complete and total disgrace to our Country and to our Military".

While Bergdahl faced the possibility of life in prison, many people, including Kenneth Dahl, the Army general who led the investigation into Bergdahl's actions, felt that jail time would be "inappropriate." 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.

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Bowe Bergdahl, center, leaves the Fort Bragg courtroom facility following sentencing at Fort Bragg, N.C., Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.

According to Fidell, Bergdahl plans to appeal the dishonorable discharge.

Captain Nina Banks, a defence lawyer, said it would not be justice to rescue Bergdahl from the Taliban "only to place him in a cell" now.

Prosecutors had recommended a sentence of 14 years of in prison. He has been stationed at a military installation in San Antonio. He could have given him anything from no prison time to life in prison.

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