Iraqi Interior Ministry general arrested in death squads probe

Iraqi Interior Ministry general arrested in death squads probe

[JURIST] In an effort to restore his image and keep his job, Iraqi interior minister Bayan Jabor announced Sunday that a general serving in the ministry has been arrested in connection with kidnappings and death squads [JURIST report]. Seventeen others arrested with the general are facing similar accusations. Jabor said a terror group had been found in the Ministry's 16th Brigade, but did not specify whether arrests were made. As recently as last week Shiite leaders in Iraq suggested that they are willing to give up control of the Interior Ministry [JURIST report], but they now appear to be encouraging Jabor, a member of the Shiite Islamist Alliance, to keep his post in the new national unity government. Sunni Arabs meanwhile are asking for his resignation in light of continued sectarian killings, some of which were committed by men in uniform, and reported prisoner abuse [JURIST report]. The Interior Ministry has been a particular focus of contention since Americans found some 170 Sunni detainees were found in a secret police prison [JURIST report] late last year. Reuters has more.