WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. military sources say Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Hartmann is under investigation for allegedly influencing prosecution of war crimes cases at Guantanamo.
Hartmann, who oversees the cases for the Pentagon, is being investigated by the Army and the Air Force for alleged abuse of power and improperly influencing the prosecutions of enemy combatants, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.
Hartmann, 63, allegedly bullied prosecutors and military logistic officials into presenting cases that were not ready for trial and advocated the use of coerced evidence, the Times reported.
Hartmann, who has denied any wrongdoing, also is alleged to have made intentionally misleading statements to downplay his role in the cases, military lawyers told the Times.
The investigations will further undermine the credibility of the Guantanamo tribunals as some of the most high-profile cases are getting started, said former prosecutors who resigned over Hartmann's alleged interference, the Times reported.