A military judge in North Carolina agreed Tuesday to suppress statements made by former prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl while he was in captivity, NBC News reported.
Army Judge Col. Jeffery R. Nance agreed to suppress Bergdahl's statements after his defense attorneys argued the comments are highly unreliable and were coerced, according to NBC affiliate WRAL.
Bergdahl appeared in court Tuesday for a motion hearing. He is facing a court martial after he wandered away from his base in Afghanistan and was captured by the Taliban in 2009.
Bergdahl was returned to the U.S. in 2014 in exchange for five Guantanamo Bay prisoners. Some have criticized the swap, including now-President Donald Trump, who called Bergdahl a "traitor."