Investigator to Interview Bowe Bergdahl on 2009 Disappearance Next Week

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_6a48f3ffe8.jpgCredit: US Army (SAN ANTONIO) -- Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s attorney tells ABC News that he expects his client will be interviewed next week by Maj. General Kenneth Dahl, the two star general investigating his 2009 disappearance. Military attorney Eugene Fidell says it’s his “assumption” that Bergdahl will be interviewed by Dahl next week in San Antonio, where the former Taliban captive is currently assigned at the U.S. Army North headquarters.

Fidell will be on hand for the meeting when it takes place, though he did not provide a specific date for the interview. It's also unclear whether the Dahl's questioning will last more than one day.

 

Fidell, who teaches military law at Yale, adds that Bergdahl has already participated in a “very introductory” meeting with Maj. Gen. Dahl and that “nothing substantive” was discussed. An Army official says that meeting took place in San Antonio the week of July 14. Dahl’s full investigation is supposed to last 60 days, which means he’s slated to present a report by Aug. 15. He could, however, request an extension for his investigation.  Fidell referred questions to the Army when asked if an extension was likely.

As for what happens after the interview next week Fidell says the “ball will be in the Army’s court as Maj. Gen. Dahl prepares his report and it’s reviewed by the commands he’ll present it to."

Dahl’s report is meant to uncover the facts surrounding the circumstances of Bergdahl’s disappearance from an Afghan outpost and his capture by the Taliban in 2009 that will be presented to the director of the Army staff.  If the report reveals findings that could require disciplinary action, it will be up to Bergdahl’s current command to follow through with those actions. Fidell hopes the matter “will be resolved sooner rather than later so Sgt. Bergdahl can go back to his life.” The attorney would not answer whether Bergdahl has spoken or met with his parents.

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