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Two US Prosecutors Claim Guantanamo Trials Rigged

The New York Times newspaper and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation are reporting that two former prosecutors say U.S. military commissions set up to try detainees at Guantanamo Bay have been rigged against defendants.

Both news organizations said Monday they had obtained leaked e-mail messages written by the military prosecutors more than a year ago. In those emails, the prosecutors complained to their military superiors that the trial system was secretly set up to improve the chance of convictions, and were unfairly slanted against defendants.

The messages were sent to prosecutors' supervisors in March of last year, just three months before Australian inmate David Hicks was charged. Mr. Dicks was captured by U.S. forces while allegedly fighting with the Taleban in Afghanistan in 2001.

The Australian government says it will investigate the prosecutors claims.

Some information for this report provided by AP, Reuters.