According to the decision of the Tribunal soldier will be demoted and dismissed from the army
Sergeant Bowie Bergdahl, who pleaded guilty to desertion and conduct unbecoming a soldier in the face of the enemy, escaped imprisonment. Instead, according to the decision of the judge of the military Tribunal, he will be demoted to the ranks, dismissed from the army without maintaining benefits and pensions, but will also must pay a monthly penalty of $ 1,000 for 10 months.
In June 2009, Bergdahl left his post in Afghanistan and was then captured by the Taliban and spent the next five years in captivity. He was released in may 2014, after the Obama administration agreed to exchange Sergeant on several captured militants movement “Taliban”.
President Donald trump on Friday criticized the decision of the military Tribunal.
“The verdict Sergeant Bergdahl is a complete and total disgrace to our country and our army,” – wrote the head of the White house on Twitter.
In the course of the hearing the prosecution asked to sentence Bowie Bergdala to 14 years in prison, saying that his desertion caused the deaths of several servicemen who were killed during operations to find the missing Sergeant.
The arguments of the prosecution, the judge, Colonel Jeffrey nance, considered insignificant. Instead, he found it necessary to emphasize in the sentence that the court makes “a balanced and unbiased decision”, which did not affect the statements of the President of the United States.
During the election campaign, Donald trump repeatedly commented on the case of Sergeant of Bergdala, calling it “rotten traitor”.
“In the old days he would’ve been shot for treason, – he said during a meeting with his supporters in Ohio in the fall of 2015. If I win (the election), I may send him (on the plane) right in the center of this place (Afghanistan) and throw it (the plane). Let them (the Taliban) deal with it… It’s cheaper than a bullet”.
In October of this year, Donald trump refused to answer the question of the Sergeant Bergdahl, said that “people have heard before, that I think about it.”
In your sentence the judge nance called the President’s statement “illegal attempt to use his official position” by declaring that Bergdahl had already served “his time” in prison held captive by the Taliban.