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|Iraq's justice minister has condemned the U.S. military for detaining thousands of Iraqis for long periods without charge and wants to change a U.N. resolution that gives foreign troops immunity from Iraqi law. Speaking to Reuters, Justice Minister Abdul Hussein Shandal also criticized U.S. detentions of Iraqi journalists and said the media, contrary to U.S. policy in Iraq, must have special legal protection to report on all sides in the conflict. 'No citizen should be arrested without a court order,' he said this week, complaining that U.S. suggestions that his ministry has an equal say on detentions were misleading. 'There is abuse (of human rights) due to detentions, which are overseen by the Multinational Force (MNF) and are not in the control of the justice ministry,' said Shandal, a Shi'ite judge respected for standing up to Saddam Hussein on the rule of law.|
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