File - This US Army file handout photo obtained shows Private First Class(Pfc) Bowe Bergdahl, before his capture by the Taliban in Afghanistan. "AFP PHOTO HANDOUT- US ARMY "
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Lawyers for Bergdahl are likely to argue during the Article 32 hearing that his years of being held captive by the Taliban were punishment enough, according to legal experts. The hearing will help determine whether Bergdahl faces a court-martial, the military equivalent of a civilian trial. 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 . Fidell said he plans to call witnesses, but he declined to say whether Bergdahl would be among them or to disclose further details about his strategy.Among those who have criticized Bergdahl have been GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has repeatedly called Bergdahl a traitor.The Article 32 hearing will result in a report that will be forwarded to Gen. Robert Abrams, the commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command.
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