Non-Muslim inmates in several of Britain’s category A prisons are being forced to pay a ‘protection tax’ to radical Muslim prisoners out of fear of facing violence.
The ‘tax’, known as ‘jizya’, was found to be enforced by some Islamist extremist prisoners in four of Britain’s largest prisons.
The shocking findings were uncovered by a team of government investigators, appointed by justice secretary Michael Gove last August to establish the threat posed by Islamic extremists in prisons.
The investigation suggests that religious extremists in prison are using bullying tactics and violent threats to force prisoners to convert or pay money.
Tobacco and other luxury commodities smuggled inside prisons are often used by non-Muslims to pay the tax, while some victims said they had to ask friends and family for money.