File - Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Thursday, May 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi rejected profiling of all bearded men as potential militants by the security forces Saturday, while calling for judicial reforms to ensure proper due process for all suspects.However, Salafis – who also are known for maintaining a full beard – protest that they are unfairly being lumped in with militants.Rifi also called for the abolition of military tribunals and the Higher Judicial Council, saying that judges had predispositions about detainees given some security measures taken during the Syrian tutelage years.The prejudice, according to Rifi, was the result of wanted lists circulated among security agencies in the country made up of individuals named by informant tip-offs
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