På kort tid har antallet muslimer i britiske fengsler steget voldsomt, og de tar over fengsler hvor de er mange og innfører selvjustis. Radikale og religiøse bestemmer og påtvinger også ikke-muslimer å overholde faste, svineforbud og bønnetider. Man gjør best i å konvertere, eller late som.
Et så dramatisk bilde tegner BBC:
«Muslims run it. Muslims run the prisons and there’s nothing the screws can do about it. For a Muslim you’d say it’s good but for a non-Muslim, it’s very, very bad,» a former inmate called Jay says.
‘Jay’ has spent many years inside various prisons in the South of England
It is a claim which is backed by former prison officers and other inmates.
Jay, 24, is a Muslim and has been in and out of prison for most of his life. He openly admits to helping to convert non-Muslim inmates to Islam and has meted out violence against anyone who dares to «disrespect» his religion.
He first went to prison when he was 15 and said there were hardly any Muslims inmates back then.
«At the beginning not many knew about Islam. There weren’t many converts. The mosque was empty, but nowadays jails are run mostly by the Muslims,» he said.
«There are certain brothers that convert purely on the basis that they read Islam and they want to believe in something that does good for them. Then other people because they want to be looked after.
«I’ve been in jail five times and on my last occasion, I’ve seen jails being run by Muslim inmates.
«Muslim prayers on a Friday are very, very busy. In some prisons there’s no space. In one jail I was in, they do the prayers in two sessions because there’s no space.»
Man etablerer herredømme ved å true andre. Tidligere var det britiske gangstere som styrte innad. Nå er det muslimene.
Speaking anonymously, a former prison officer, who worked at HMP Long Lartin, told the Donal MacIntyre programme about cases where non-Muslim prisoners were seriously assaulted and intimidated for refusing to abide by unofficial rules imposed by Muslim gangs, about eating pork or listening to Western music.
«Muslim gangs was something I was very concerned about – the situation changed where underworld gangsters who used to keep discipline and order were no longer in charge in the prison,» she said.
«The younger guys, who were being forced to convert, were doing it more for protection from a Muslim gang rather than follow the faith – most of them weren’t interested in the faith.
It is ridiculous to suggest that any gang ‘controls’ a prison
Prison Service spokesperson
«I knew one lad quite well who was approached by the radical Muslims, and he changed. He just seemed very frightened all the time.
«He used to be forced to pray at certain times and I know for a fact they would be woken in the middle of the night to pray.
«He even grew a long beard even though he didn’t want to. I asked him why he grew the beard and he said ‘It’s survival miss, survival'».
Muslimene utgjør drøye 12 % av de innsatte i England og Wales, i noen fengsler 25 og 34 %. Det betyr at de ikke er i flertall, men likevel greier å oppkaste seg til herrer ved hjelp av trusler og press. Hvordan vil det bli når antallet øker?
Muslims represent 12% (9,795) of the prison population in England and Wales, according to the latest available figures from 2008. This has risen by 50% over five years.
MUSLIM PRISONER POPULATION
2008: 9,795 (12% of total prison population in England and Wales)
2007: 8,864 (11%)
2006: 8,243 (11%)
2005: 7,246 (10%)
2004: 6,571 (9%)
2003: 6,136 (8%)
Source: Ministry of Justice
In some high security prisons, the figures are well above average.
In 2008, Muslim prisoners accounted for a third (34%) of prisoners in HMP Whitemoor, in March, Cambridgeshire, and about a quarter (24%) of inmates in HMP Long Lartin, in Evesham, Worcestershire.
Det later til at fengselsmyndighetene har problemer med å ta problemene inn over seg. Leder av fagforbundet for fengselsansatte, Colin Moses, erkjenner problemet og at det skjer en radikalisering. Når kriminelle soner straffer blir de altså radikalisert politisk-religiøst på det offentliges bekostning!
Colin Moses, national chairman of prison workers’ trade union, the POA, said not all Muslims in prison were in gangs, but acknowledged there was a growing problem.
Colin Moses argues prison staff need more resources to tackle the problem
«People are being radicalised, forcibly radicalised by these gangs. We see it as a real danger, now and for the future of prisons,» he said.
And, he pointed out that those who were in gangs or converted to Islam often did it to carry out criminal activities.
«As the Muslim population grows, the gangs are becoming more and more prevalent by the week and they fight to take control of the drug trade and the dealing of mobile phones in prison.
«This will make our prisons even more violent,» he added.
Islam er ikke formelt hierarkisk, men i høy grad uformelt, ved bruk av straffer og trusler. At kommuniteten i fengslet fungerer som en bande skaper en ny type sosial organisme; forbrytelse, politisk radikalisering og tro går hånd i hånd.
At det lønner seg å investere i religion, både sosialt, statusmessig, og økonomisk er farlig for samfunnet; religion knyttes til illegal virksomhet.
«It hurts as a Muslim to have someone disrespect my religion. If we deal with him one time, with violence, and show him what time it is, he will never disrespect our religion again,» he said.
He also believes prison officers have much to learn about Islam.
«Islam is a very sensitive matter. And the screws don’t understand that. I respect what the screws do but they’ve got to understand our ways, where we’re coming from,» he added.
Colin Moses sier fengslene trenger større ressurser, og folk med større kunnskaper om islam. Det er svært få muslimske fangevoktere, og i noen fengsler slett ingen.
En talsmann for fengselsmyndighetene benekter at det er problemer med bander som er blitt religiøse. Han blåser av at de skulle kontrollere livet på innsiden.
In a statement, a Prison Service spokesman said the allegations made about Muslim gangs were unsubstantiated.
«It is ridiculous to suggest that any gang ‘controls’ a prison,» he said.
He went on to say: «The Prison Service has a wealth of experience in dealing with gang activity and managing prisoners who form gangs.
«It is important not to conflate security issues with the prisoners’ religious identities. ‘Muslim gangs’ will be treated like other gangs in relation to security concerns.
Disse besvergelsene lyder ikke oppløftende. Religiøse bander, bander som utnytter islam til organisering og kontroll, representerer helt spesielle utfordringer. Å benekte dette er å stikke hodet i sanden.
The Muslim prison population in England and Wales has sharply increased in recent years. The BBC’s Ushma Mistry hears from former inmates and prison officers who claim gangs of Muslim prisoners are an increasingly powerful force.