>> US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was set to be sentenced at a military court in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Monday. But the judge postponed the final phase of the trial due to a family emergency of one the lawyers. Bergdahl, who was taken hostage by the Taliban, could face life in prison after he pleaded guilty to deserting his post in Afghanistan in 2009.
A decision that the Army says endangered the lives of his fellow troops. Bergdahl says he left his combat outpost in order to report critical problems in the chain of command. He claims he got lost and was captured by the Taliban. A military expert who testified said Bergdahl spent nearly five years suffering torture, abuse, and neglect.
A prisoner swap in 2014 brought him home.>> This morning, I called Bob and Jenny Bergdahl and told them that after nearly five years in captivity, their son Bowe is coming home.>> US Republicans criticized the decision to trade high value Taliban fighters for a man who deserted his mission.
>> We don't have victories with Sergeant Bergdahl. With this traitor, this dirty, rotten traitor.>> Some in the military called Bergdahl a traitor who put other soldiers' lives at risk during their search for the missing serviceman. Bergdahl has remained on active duty. He pleaded guilty last week to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
That offence carries a potential life sentence. At his sentencing hearing, the court will allow testimony from soldiers who were hurt in firefights while searching for Bergdahl. Bergdahl said his actions were quote, very inexcusable, but said he never intended to put anyone at risk. Bergdahl is now set to be sentenced on Wednesday.