HIGH Court judge has ruled that the Commissioner of Prisons was wrong to allow the beard of Ansarie Mohammed to be cut while he was serving a prison sentence.
Justice Prakash Moosai, in the San Fernando First Civil Court, gave judgment yesterday in favour of Mohammed, 39, of Lengua Road, Barrackpore.
Mohammed, a Muslim, was in jail at the Frederick Street Prison on September 3, 2003, for six weeks, for non-payment of maintenance arrears for his daughter.
Justice Moosai ruled it was illegal for prison authorities to shave Mohammed's beard since it formed part of his religion.
Mohammed was awarded $7,500 in damages, the cost of the action to be paid by the Commissioner of Prisons.
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