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Obama Declines to Pardon Accused Army Deserter Bergdahl

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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (AP Photo/Ted Richardson)

By    |   Wednesday, 21 Dec 2016 05:47 PM

Missing from President Barack Obama's list of people he pardoned earlier this week was accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Bergdahl was accused of desertion after he allegedly walked away from his platoon in the middle of Afghanistan in 2009. He was eventually captured by the Taliban and spent nearly five years in captivity before he was released through a prisoner transfer ordered by Obama in 2014.

According to Military.com, Bergdahl was charged in 2015 with two crimes: "misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place" and "desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty."

The trial for the 30-year-old Bergdahl is scheduled to begin April 18.

Obama's decision to trade five Taliban prisoners who were being held at Guantanamo Bay for an accused Army deserter caused the president's critics to cry foul.

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