Statements made by Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl while he was held captive in Afghanistan were forced by threats of execution and should be suppressed from his upcoming court-martial, according to his lawyers.
The lawyers said the statements — made when Bergdahl was held captive in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2014 — were coerced, aren’t reliable and are unfairly prejudicial with little probative value.
Col. Jeffery Nance, the military judge overseeing the court-martial, could hear arguments on the statements during a preliminary hearing at Fort Bragg on Tuesday.
“Sgt. Bergdahl was held in coercive conditions by the Haqqani Network, and his entire presence, including any statements made to his captors, was involuntary,” according to court documents filed by Bergdahl’s lawyers in July. “He was imprisoned entirely against his will, alone for 1,796 days, or nearly five years. His conditions of captivity were characterized by torture, psychological torment, threats of execution and prolonged and intentional disregard for his well-being. Several of the statements that the government proposes to use against him were made under the orders of his captors, in which he faced threats of dire consequences for not cooperating.”
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