Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was taken from a pickup truck on June 4, 2014, and escorted to a helicopter after five years of captivity. His Taliban captors traded him for five senior members of the group in U.S. custody.
On Thursday, Berhgdahl will be in court at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio for a preliminary hearing into whether he deserted his post in Afghanistan before finding himself in the hands of the Taliban. The Article 32 hearing, which is similar to a grand jury in the civilian-justice system, could last several days, and it will determine if Bergdahl will face a court-martial.
The Associated Press has the background to the legal case:
Bergdahl’s lead attorney, Eugene Fidell, has said the hearing will provide the public with details about what led to the Idaho native’s disappearance from his post in southeastern Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. Before disappearing, Bergdahl had expressed opposition to the war in general and misgivings about his own role in it. Fidell has cited an Army investigation that determined Bergdahl left his post, but not the Army, and that his “specific intent was to bring what he thought were disturbing circumstances to the attention of the nearest general officer.”
It’s unclear if Bergdahl will take the stand. Military prosecutors declined to discuss the case, the AP reported.