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Military Probers Have Not Read Bowe Bergdahl His Rights

But anything the freed soldier says during his reintegration could be used against him.
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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has not been read his legal rights but anything he says during his medical "reintegration" process could be used against him a military court martial, officials said Wednesday. Military investigators looking into possible criminal charges of AWOL or desertion have not yet questioned Bergdahl about his disappearance from an Army outpost in Afghanistan five years ago and his subsequent capture by the Taliban. If charged and convicted, he could be forced to forfeit $200,000 in pay accrued during his captivity.

Three weeks after the U.S. swapped five Taliban prisoners for Bergdahl's release, he is in the final phase of his reintegration at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, where a staff psychologist will decide when he is ready to venture out into public. Bergdahl has not asked for a lawyer, officials said. Defense sources say he also has not yet spoken to his parents.


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