The court-martial of a Vietnam War POW who claimed he was tortured by his captors establishes a precedent for the prosecution of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, according to a decorated retired general and Defense Department official.
In a telephone interview Monday, Boykin discussed the court-martial of Robert Garwood, a former U.S. Marine who was the only Vietnam POW to face court-martial. In his defense, Garwood claimed he was tortured. The Obama administration, likewise, has claimed Bergdahl was locked in a metal cage by his captors and mistreated or possibly tortured in captivity.
Boykin argued politics should play no role in determining whether or not Bergdahl is court-martialed.
“All this talk about not leaving someone behind or about whether Bergdahl was tortured in captivity is nonsense once a soldier goes over to the enemy,” Boykin said.
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