by using Steve Hawkes, The Telegraph
nearly 200 Muslim prisoners are suing the government after being served halal food contaminated with pork, claiming their human rights have been breached.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has verified that 186 inmates have launched legal instances in an try to win compensation over the error.
Muslims are forbidden from consuming pork below Islamic law.
however, checks on halal sausage rolls, shepherd’s pies, steak and kidney pies and pasties served in three separate prisons have been discovered to have contained pork.
it’s feared that if the felony instances are a hit, they may go away the best way open for a flood of similar claims from other prisoners. There are 11,248 Muslims in prisons in England and Wales, accounting for thirteen.1 per cent of the jail inhabitants.
Ministers are anticipated to oppose the prison instances amid growing considerations over the compensation culture in jails.
greater than £13 million in compensation was once paid to inmates final yr for mishaps and delays in parole hearings – twice the determine from the earlier 12 months.
Jeremy Wright, the justice minister, said: “The Ministry of Justice has got a number of civil litigation claims following the invention of contaminated halal food in March earlier this year. each and every declare will likely be considered on its merits and robustly defended where applicable.”
The criminal instances are being brought by the prisoners underneath Article 9 of the eu convention on Human Rights, which affords the right to the liberty of notion, conscience and faith.
The MoJ insisted that not one of the 186 inmates has bought legal assist to help them with their battle, however two prisoners had been awarded public money for a failed judicial overview.
The contaminated meat products have been revealed during investigations carried out all through the horsemeat scandal prior this 12 months.
Halal sausage rolls served in HMP Sheppey Cluster, sometimes called Elmley jail, in Kent, have been found to contain as much as 5 per cent pork. The take a look at outcomes only emerged this week. Steak and kidney pies served in the identical prison have been also found to have contained 60-100 per cent pig meat.
Pork used to be additionally served in shepherd’s pie in HM younger perpetrator establishment Thorn pass in Cheshire, whereas halal “beef and onion” pasties in HMP Verne on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, had been additionally contaminated with pork.
The felony instances come amid fears of a growing compensation culture among prisoners.
Two years ago it emerged that £60 million used to be paid to criminals, prison staff and guests to British jails over a four-year period for prison-associated incidents. The sum incorporated £sixteen million for 16,000 inmates. then again, the compensation paid to prisoners closing yr alone was once more than £13 million.