Bergdahl Investigation Review Concluded, Decision Pending

This photo provided by Eugene R. Fidell shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl preparing to be interviewed by Army investigators in August, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene R. Fidell)

The case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who disappeared from his Afghanistan base in 2009 and was returned to the U.S. earlier this year, is now in the hands of a General Courts Martial Convening Authority.

It is now up to Gen. Mark Milley, commander of U.S. Forces Command, to decide whether no further action is to be taken, or if Bergdahl faces charges in courts martial, the Pentagon said in a statement on Monday.

"The Army cannot discuss or disclose the findings of the investigation while disciplinary decisions are pending before commanders," Maj. James Brindle said.

At the time of his disappearance, Bergdahl was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. Some members of Bergdahl's former unit accused him of deserting.

The Army wrapped up its investigation into Bergdahl's disappearance in October, then handed it off for review. At the time, investigators said they found no evidence that Bergdahl aided the Taliban during the five years he was held by them. Bergdahl has been assigned to U.S. Army North at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, since July.

Bergdahl was handed over to the U.S. in return for five senior Taliban leaders who had been held at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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