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Iraqi human rights inspector dismissed

[JURIST] Iraq Interior Minister Bayan Jabr [CBS profile] on Thursday fired Nouri al-Nouri, the country's senior inspector handling human rights issues, in connection with a torture scandal involving dozens of prisoners at a Baghdad prison, according to an Iraqi official. Al-Nouri, the ministry's lead inspector for corruption and human rights violations since Iraq regained sovereignty in June 2004, was dismissed on the orders of Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the official said on condition of anonymity. Jabr himself has not been immune from scandal. He has been accused of running secret prisons [JURIST report] and controlling death squads, charges he has downplayed or denied [JURIST report]. AP has more.

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