Bergdahl returns to court Friday; lawyers to battle over classified info, soldiers’ injuries

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl leaves the courtroom at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Aug 22, 2016. Raul R. Rubiera/The Fayetteville Observer via AP
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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl leaves the courtroom at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Aug 22, 2016. Raul R. Rubiera/The Fayetteville Observer via AP

Bergdahl returns to court Friday; lawyers to battle over classified info, soldiers’ injuries

by: Corey Dickstein | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: December 14, 2016

WASHINGTON – The military judge overseeing the court-martial of accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will hear from government officials responsible for reviewing massive caches of classified information, which have been the basis for delaying the start of the trial twice.

The judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, ordered “an accountable representative for any organization” that has not finished vetting sensitive data related to the former Taliban captive’s court-martial to testify Friday when Bergdahl returns to a Fort Bragg, North Carolina courtroom for a pre-trial motions hearing.

Nance will also hear arguments about a motion by prosecutors to include evidence at trial that shows two soldiers were injured during a July 2009 mission to recover Bergdahl in the days after the soldier walked off his post in eastern Afghanistan and was captured.

Bergdahl, 30, has admitted to Army investigators that he willingly left Observation Post Mest without permission, seeking to cause a disturbance that would place him in front of Army brass to air concerns about his chain of command. The soldier was released in May 2014 in a controversial swap for five senior Taliban leaders who had been detained at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

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