WASHINGTON—U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was held by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan for five years before being freed in a prisoner swap, appeared before a military judge Tuesday on charges he deserted and misbehaved before the enemy.
In a brief court hearing at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, the 29-year-old Bergdahl deferred entering a plea to the charges that could, if he is convicted, send him to prison for life. He also did not decide whether he wants to face a court-martial with a jury or one with just a judge.
Bergdahl wore an Army dress uniform with a dark blue jacket and told the judge in the case, Colonel Christopher Fredrickson, that he understood his rights and the court proceedings. A new hearing in the case was set for January 12.