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Muslim Inmates Offered Ham Will Sue For $4M

From This is London:

Muslim prisoners sue for millions after they were offered ham sandwiches for Ramadan

26.10.07

Scores of Muslim inmates at a high security prison are set to launch a multi-million pound claim for compensation after they were offered ham sandwiches during the holy month of Ramadan.

They say their human rights were breached when they were given a special nightly menu – drawn up to recognise their specific dietary requirements – by officers at HMP Leeds last month.

More than 200 Muslim inmates at the jail are believed to have been offered the meat which is strictly forbidden by Islam.

The sandwich was one of three options on the menu card which was created to cover the religious festival during which Muslims are required to fast during daylight.

They later complained to prison officers on duty but say they were told that the menus had been printed in error.

Yet when they opened the sandwiches, having ordered cheese, some claim they were still filled with boiled ham.

They are now launching legal action, insisting that their human rights were breached and could each be entitled to up to £10,000 in compensation if they win their case at court.

One Muslim inmate, a 28-year-old who was serving a 16-week sentence for driving whilst disqualified, said: ‘When I opened my meal that night I found I’d been given a ham sandwich. I’d asked for cheese.

‘It was a breach of my human rights and I want compensation.’

He claimed that some inmates were so hungry they ended up eating the sandwiches.

The prison denied that any Muslim prisoners had been given ham sandwiches but admitted there had been a mistake when the menus were printed.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said: ‘An inappropriate menu card was printed during Ramadan. This mistake was rectified immediately.

‘Appropriate menu options for the Iftaar evening meal were available throughout Ramadan.

‘Prison Service guidelines state that prisoners must have a diet which meets the requirements of their religion.’ …

It all reads like a Monty Python skit, but of course it isn’t funny at all.

Other reports say that the Muslim inmates are suing for £2 million pounds recompense, which is over $4.1 million dollars. (There are 200 Muslim prisoners in Leeds currently.)

Mind you, these people are in a “high security prison.” Presumably they aren’t there for jay-walking. (Despite the claim that one inmate was being held for merely “driving whilst disqualified.”)

In another century or an Islamic country (but I repeat myself) they would likely have been executed for their crimes, or at the very least dismembered or thoroughly whipped.

Instead, they are allowed to sue for millions of dollars because of a breakfast menu option that was written in error and immediately rectified.

Also, one is again reminded that the endlessly described as heroic “fasting” during the month of Ramadan actually only means skipping lunch. Which they make up for by having an extra large and sumptuous dinner.

Such sacrifice.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, October 26th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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