Goulburn Jail’s decision to cancel Islamic prayer gatherings causes Muslim prisoners to go berserk. With shouts of “Allahu Akbar,” Muslim inmates at the maximum security facility, armed with homemade weapons threatened guards and smashed through an internal fence at the state’s toughest jail, which was in lockdown yesterday.
Daily Telegraph (h/t Kenneth N) The riot came as prison authorities cracked down on Muslim prayer meetings in the state’s jails, believed to be a key way Islamic extremists foment their hatred and plot their attacks. Prisoners at Supermax, the high security compound on the jail’s grounds, are able to plot acts of terror from behind bars because they are allowed to write letters, make phone calls and have visits – even though they are in ‘confinement’.
Tensions have been running high in the prison system as federal and NSW police step up their surveillance of suspected Muslim terrorists and any of their associates inside and outside prisons after the country’s terror alert was raised to high.
A source has revealed how the violence began in the maximum wing of the Goulburn facility about 3pm on Saturday when a number of ringleaders refused to line up for afternoon muster. The source said the unrest had begun as a result of some privileges being requested — and denied — for a handful of inmates, but the situation quickly turned into a full-scale riot along religious lines.
The Muslim were refusing to go into their cells. They refused to line up, then it went from there and exploded.” The riot did not involve convicted terrorists held in Goulburn’s Supermax, who remain under constant surveillance.
Those inmates include Mohamed Ali Elomar who is serving a 21-year sentence for his leadership in the 2005 Pendennis terror plot. He is the uncle of former boxer Mohamed Elomar, one of the Australian jihadis currently fighting with the Islamic State in Syria. Mohamed Elomar is with Khaled Sharrouf, who had been jailed along with Ali Elomar over the 2005 plot and fled overseas last year when he was released from jail.
These men are considered to be so dangerous that they are escorted to court appearances and other appointments by guards armed with guns while being supported by helicopters and armoured vehicles. Despite this, a high ranking former official told the Sunday Telegraph: ‘They are kept in isolation but that means nothing in jail.
‘Messages are passed on in many ways. They are in segregation wings but can still communicate with the outside world. It is not hard because they still get visitation rights, which are their first outlet,’ he said.
Prison authorities have banned Islamic prayer meetings in some Sydney jails after intelligence found some key jihadist figures are still operating from behind bars.
A group of Muslims were also stopped from attending prayer on Friday at Dawn de Loas Correctional Centre in Silverwater in Sydney’s west, as there are concerns the unsupervised meetings could be used for alternate purposes, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Australian police are accustomed to Muslim riots which seem to break out on a regular basis whenever Muslims feel offended: