Bergdahl court-martial start delayed to February

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on Tuesday, May 17. (WNCN)

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A military judge is delaying the start of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s military trial until February.

Col. Jeffrey Nance said during a pre-trial hearing Tuesday at Fort Bragg in North Carolina that delaying the court-martial from August should allow enough time to sort through access to classified documents by Bergdahl’s defense team.

Nance also ordered military prosecutors to set up online access to court documents for news organizations covering the case of the soldier charged with desertion for leaving his combat outpost in Afghanistan and falling into Taliban hands.

The 30-year-old native of Hailey, Idaho, was held as a prisoner of war for five years until President Barack Obama freed five detainees from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for his return. He faces a life sentence if convicted of misbehavior before the enemy.

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