UK Jack Straw apologises Muslim inmates

Muslim prisoners who were given ham sandwiches during the holy month of Ramadan have received a letter of apology from the Government.

UK Jack Straw apologises Muslim inmates

Officials said sorry to the 200 Muslim inmates of HMP Leeds giving the ham, which is forbidden by Islam.

Jack Straw said in a letter that a "regrettable administrative error" led to the blunder and apologised for any offence caused to the Muslim community.

The Justice Secretary has ordered staff at the category B facility to be more diligent and prison officers will be re-trained to consider inmates' cultural and religious needs

In October last year the sandwiches were on a menu created for the Ramadan fast, which requires Muslims to fast in daylight.

A complaint from a city councillor to local Labour MP Hilary Benn led Mr Straw to send the personally signed letter to Mr Benn.

Daily Mail

Last Mod: 14 Mart 2008, 18:02
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