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US soldier Bowe Bergdahl expected to plead guilty to desertion

US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is expected to plead guilty soon to desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy rather than face trial for leaving his Afghanistan post, sources said.

Bergdahl will submit the plea later this month and sentencing will start on October 23, the sources told The Associated Press.

The 31-year-old Bergdahl could face up to five years in prison on the desertion charge and a life sentence for misbehaviour.

Bergdahl left his Afghanistan post in 2009 and was held captive by the Taliban for about five years.

He was released in 2014 in a prisoner swap for five Taliban detainees, sparking an emotional debate about negotiating with hostage takers.

AP

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