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Bergdahl wants court to disqualify courts-martial general

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter greets Army Gen. Mark Milley in his office shortly before a press conference announcing that he is nominating him as Army Chief of Staff May 13, 2015. Once confirmed, Milley will succeed Army Gen. Raymond Odierno.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter greets Army Gen. Mark Milley in his office shortly before a press conference announcing that he is nominating him as Army Chief of Staff May 13, 2015. Once confirmed, Milley will succeed Army Gen. Raymond Odierno. Department of Defense

WASHINGTON (AP) – Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years, is asking a military appellate court to disqualify the general with discretion in his case.

Bergdahl’s attorney, Eugene Fidell, says Bergdahl filed the request Friday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington.

Bergdahl wants the court to disqualify Gen. Mark Milley because he has a personal interest in being confirmed as the next Army chief of staff.

Bergdahl, who is charged with desertion, was exchanged last year for five senior Taliban officials held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Bergdahl’s preliminary hearing, called an Article 32 , is set for September. From there, his case could be referred for trial. Conviction could carry a life sentence.

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