- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 4, 2015

The preliminary hearing for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, which was originally scheduled for July 8, will be pushed back more than two months at the request of his lawyer, the Army said Thursday.

The Article 32 hearing will take place Sept. 17, the release from U.S. Army Forces Command said. It will still be held at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in Texas.

The statement said the delay was made because of a request from Sgt. Bergdahl’s defense team.

The Army charged Sgt. Bergdahl in March with two violations under the Uniform Code of Military Justice — one count of desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty and one count of misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place.

Sgt. Bergdahl disappeared from his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held as a Taliban prisoner of war for almost five years before being released last year in exchange for five top-level Guantanamo Bay detainees. Members of his unit publicly questioned his disappearance, with many saying that he wandered away from base on purpose.

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