Muslim inmates sue jail authorities on being served ham sandwiches

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London, Oct 27 (UNI) 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 Ramdan. This mistake was rectified immediately.'' UNI

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