U.S. Army refers Bergdahl case to commander, punishment possible

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Posted: Dec 22, 2014 2:44 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army said on Monday it sent findings from an investigation into Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl's 2009 disappearance from his base in Afghanistan to a U.S. general, a move that leaves open the possibility of disciplinary action for leaving his post.

General Mark Milley would determine "appropriate action - which ranges from no further action to convening a court martial," the Army said in a statement.

Bergdahl was released in May in a prisoner swap with the Taliban after five years in captivity. Some of his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan have branded him a deserter, saying he intentionally left his post before being captured by the enemy.

"The Army cannot discuss or disclose the findings of the investigation while disciplinary decisions are pending before commanders," the Army said in a brief statement.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Bill Trott)