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Prisoners convert to Islam for gang protection
by Tom Whitehead
Prisoners at one of the country's top security prisons are converting to Islam for protection because of a rife gang culture, an inspection report says.
Inmates at Long Lartin prison said some were "becoming Muslim" because it is a "bigger gang".
Radical cleric Abu Qatada, once described as Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe, was held at the prison last year before being released on bail - which he went on to breach.
Similar concerns were raised in an inspection report in to Whitemoor Prison in Cambridgeshire last year, in which prison officers warned extremist Muslim prisoners are ganging up on others in an attempt to radicalise them.
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