Skip to comments.Muslim prisoners sue for millions after they were offered ham sandwiches for Ramadan
Posted on 10/26/2007 12:35:52 PM PDT by pitinkie
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 comes as 16 Muslim inmates at Leeds Prison prepare to launch a separate legal case over claims of mistreatment, including being given food that is forbidden by their religion.
They are expected to claim at a hearing next year that they were given meat which was not halal.
Kate Maynard, from law firm Hickman and Rose Solicitors who is representing some of the men, said: 'One of the issues they are worried about is that they were being told food was halal when it wasn't.
'They are taking this to court to try to change conditions in the prison and make conditions better.'
Last year the Prison Service was forced to apologise to Muslim inmates at a category B jail after a kitchen worker was caught throwing ham into halal curries.
Prisoners at HMP Blakenhurst in Worcestershire each received a written apology.
The inmate behind the attack at the prison, which houses 1,070 offenders, was observed throwing tinned ham into curries destined for Muslim inmates and suspended from his job in the kitchen.
Let them eat yellowcake
apologize and then shoot them
UNFREAKINBELIEVALBE,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,These people are catching on quickly,,,,I'M OFFENDED NOW PAY ME.
I'll they'll be damned!
A breach of your human rights would have been to cut your useless head off with a dull knife.
Sounds kind of dubious. I remember when I was little I didn't like the pickles that McDonald's put on their burgers, so I just picked them out before stuffing down the burger. I guess removing the offending meat wasn't an option here? Might not leave you with much of a sandwich, but at least you'd adhered to one of the edicts of your religion.
They could have practised fasting for two days. Heck, I’d love to see them fast for a month.
It could have been worse — they could have been served Wimpy’s hamburgers, a UK staple....
‘It was a breach of my human rights and I want compensation.’ “
Right out of the Al Queda training handbook. Al Queda operatives are taught to lie about their treatment, claim torture, and demand “human rights” that they would never give to a non-muslim. It is all part of their program. Anyone would publish an article such as this, and not mention that fact, shows which side they are on.
The government could just let their families feed them, further reducing the burden on the taxpayer...
Ultimately you just have to say “Tough Sh!t, Hajji!” If a Westerner breaks the law in the Middle East, they don’t get special treatment. Why bother to reciprocate?
Yes & Thank You
Next time give them pickled pig’s feet.
Pay them in pounds of ham...better yet, spam.
If you don't like conditions in the slammer, wouldn't it make more sense to stop doing things that can get you sent there?
The biggest problem with common sense is that it is not common enough.
Stale bread and water for these mooks.
Pay the settlement in bills soaked in lard. That'll learn 'em.
Honest mistake. After all, Mohammed's middle name is "HAM!"
Breach of human rights? Since when are these decapitatbog cube worshipers considered human, or are they just too damn stupid to figure out how to take the ham out of 2 slices of bread?
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