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Islamist extremists are extorting ‘infidel tax’ from fellow prisoners in some of Britain’s toughest jails

  • Inmates in category A prisons claim Islamists threatened and bullied them
  • Extremists told non-Muslim prisoners to pay jizya as a protection tax 
  • Some prisoners said they had to ask friends and family outside prison to transfer money to pay the tax 

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.

One Whitehall source told the Sunday Times that the tax may have been inspired by the actions of ISIS, who are well known to demand jizya from non-Muslims living in Syria and Iraq.

‘It sets a dangerous precedent and sends a message to non-Muslim inmates that Muslims are going to run the prison according to their own rules and


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