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Hearing Begins to Officially Determine Whether Bowe Bergdahl Should Face Military Trial for Desertion

Bowe BergImage source: Department of Defense

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- A hearing has begun to determine if Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl should face a military trial for leaving his post in Afghanistan in June 2009.

The Article 32 hearing at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, where Bergdahl is based, will determine if the Idaho native will face a court-martial on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

Image source: Department of Defense

Bergdahl's lead attorney, Eugene Fidell, has said he plans to call witnesses during the hearing, which could last several days. He declined to say if Bergdahl would be among them, but he has said details would emerge about the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl's disappearance from his post.

The Taliban held Bergdahl captive for five years until exchanging him for five Taliban commanders being held at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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