Saturday, October 27, 2007

Muslim Inmates Sue British Jail Authorities On Being Served Ham Sandwiches

Muslim inmates at a prison in Britain are set to launch a multi-million pound claim for compensation against the jail authorities after they were offered ham sandwiches during the holy month of Ramadan.

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

They said their human rights were breached when they were given a special nightly menu, containing the ham sandwiches, by officers at HMP Leeds last month.

The menu card was created specially for the month of Ramadan.

A Muslim inmate claimed, ''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.'' Sixteen prisoners are launching legal action, demanding up to 10,000 pounds each in compensation.

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

The Daily Mail quoted a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice as saying,''An inappropriate menu card was printed during Ramadan. This mistake was rectified immediately.'' (UNI)

***** There have been many unconfirmed stories about non-Muslims in this fair land of ours being served beef in hostels, at government-sponsored jamuan makan and even in prison. Do these people also have the right to sue the relevant authorities as
their human rights were breached too?
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good point there.Let's hear it from the Hindis.

4:50 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They were not forced to eat it.
They are prisoners not hotel guests.
In future give them bread and water!

5:50 PM GMT+8  
Blogger kittykat46 said...

I have certainly heard complaints of hostels which had on some days served beef as the only meat dish on the menu.

The caterer totally overlooked that there were Hindu students staying there, and many Chinese Buddhists also do not take beef for religious reasons.

6:01 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, if that guy were a Jew asking for kosher meat, I doubt we'll see overeaction by the commenters *rolleyes*

Plus come one, the inmates is in jail. It's not like they can waltz out of there to find the nearest "mamak" to get their fix.

6:29 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which is worst? Being served non-halal food or NOT being served any food at all, halal or otherwise?

From what i know, the latter is happening in Malaysia lock-ups and those in the lock-up (whom are not guilty until proven innocent) have to bribe the police for food.

At least you don't like the ham, you don't eat it but you still have the bread. In Malaysia? "Eat yourself".

8:14 AM GMT+8  

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