Australia: Muslim prisoners are bashing inmates who refuse to convert to Islam

Prison guards have received complaints that Muslim inmates are using threats of violence to convert other prisoners, with some fearing the recruiters may be linked to extremist groups.

Several prisoners from Kariong jail, on the Central Coast, north of Sydney, claim they have been bashed by other inmates after declining to convert to Islam, the Daily Telegraph reported.

This comes as the number of prisoners practicing Islam inside the prison has reportedly risen, with dozens of non-Arabic inmates requesting access to the Koran, halal food and prayer mats.