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Old November 24th, 2008 #1
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3k curry treat for jail's Muslims

MUSLIM prisoners at a top security jail were bought 3,500 worth of takeaway curries, it emerged last night.

Prison officers drove 40 miles to a restaurant after inmates moaned jail meals were not tasty enough.

And the curries were not checked for smuggled weapons on the way into prison in case they got COLD, sources said.

More than 150 prisoners and 50 staff tucked into the beef madras and lamb rogan josh meals worth 18 each from the Roti Food Bar in Peterborough, Cambs. They were to celebrate Eid — the end of the Ramadan month of fasting.

A non-Muslim ex-inmate at Whitemoor jail said: “They tried to do the curries in-house but the prison chefs couldn’t meet the budget of 1.80 per prisoner — and the Muslim inmates complained that it tasted rubbish.

“The smell of it wafting was torture for the rest of us.” [EDIT: Say no more-been there done that!]

A third of the jail’s 458 inmates are Muslim — the highest level in the country. Yesterday prison bosses denied claims Al-Qaeda prisoners had “hijacked” the jail.

Tory MP Malcolm Moss, who visited recently, said: “They are a law unto themselves. There is a fear in the prison about what al-Qaeda can do.

“There are threats made to people to make them convert.” Governor Steve Rodford denied Mr Moss’s claims.

Last night Justice Security Jack Straw launched a probe into the curry scandal.

A prison service spokesman said: “One of the key challenges at Whitemoor is improving cultural understanding between staff and prisoners.”

Last week The Sun told how al-Qaeda terrorist Zia Ul Haq, 29, was taught stand-up comedy at the nick.
The ugly Hun.