Bleijie will appeal decision on baby killer compo
UPDATE: A $3000 compensation order for a baby killer forced to eat vegetables in jail will be appealed as soon as possible as Queensland's Premier expressed outrage over the decision.
Muslim Raymond Akhtar Ali, a former butcher who chopped up his newborn daughter before burying her body in 1998, claimed he was discriminated against in jail because he was fed a vegetarian diet for four months instead of specially prepared halal meat to meet his religious beliefs.
The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal agreed.But Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said Crown Law had identified grounds for appeal which the state would now pursue.
Premier Campbell Newman said he agreed with that path and was outraged at the decision.
Mr Newman told ABC radio that Ali, 60, was in jail for an odious and hideous crime.
He said he understood Ali was moved from one prison to another and there was "some administrative foul-up" where he did not receive halal food.
"Prisons in Queensland have to treat people humanely and appropriately but they're not going to be holiday camps," he said.
"If someone has deeply held religious beliefs ... then it's not appropriate we feed them on a long-term basis, while they're incarcerated, with the wrong food.
"I do think that's unfair and inappropriate.
"But if someone has made an honest mistake then the payment of compensation assails my sense of fair play.
"If you were Jewish or Muslim, I don't think you should be asked to eat food that is repugnant to you from a religious point of view."
Ali was jailed for life for the murder and dismemberment of a newborn girl whom he had fathered with his live-in babysitter.
Ali was transferred from Wolston Correction Centre, near Brisbane, to Maryborough Correctional Centre after he was accused of helping smuggle contraband into prison.He was served vegetarian meals from September 24, 2008, to January 22, 2009, instead of halal meals.
EARLIER: A Logan baby killer who chopped up his newborn daughter has won a controversial $3000 compensation order because a Maryborough prison failed to prepare meals in accordance with his religious requirements.
News Corp reports that former butcher Raymond Akhtar Ali was fed a vegetarian diet for four months, instead of specially prepared halal meat.
Halal food needs to be blessed, slaughtered, cooked and stored to strict rules.
The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal found Ali, 60, was discriminated against on the basis of his religion and ordered the State Government pay $3000 compensation into a trust fund.
Ali is serving a life sentence after he bashed his newborn daughter to death in 1998 before dismembering her, cutting her in half and burying her body at his Logan Village home.
A furious Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie, the Member for Kawana, described Ali as a "monster" and said he'd ordered urgent advice to appeal the decision.
Ali had buried her the baby's body in a neighbour's yard to conceal an extramarital affair.
Chahleen Amy Blackwell was killed just moments after her birth at Ali's family home at Logan Valley, on September 8, 1998.
The child's mother and the Ali family's live-in babysitter, Amanda Blackwell, was also convicted of manslaughter.
The infant was bashed, stomped on and sliced in half by her father, a trained butcher who slaughtered goats for the muslim market.
Her sexual organs were also removed and her body buried in a neighbouring property before it was eventually dug up by dogs.
While Ali denied any connection with the birth or death, DNA testing showed he was the baby's father.
He has repeatedly appealed his conviction but has failed in his legal attempts.
Ali was back in the news last year when he went into vouch for one of Australia's worst sexual predators.
He testified via video link from Wolston Correctional Centre on Raymond Henry Garland's behalf during a review of the sex fiend's four indefinite sentences in Brisbane District Court.
Ali said he could not "see any harm" in Garland being released.
The 59-year-old described Garland as "a real gentleman" with whom he used to share study sessions.
"He's very remorseful... of things he has done in the past," he said.
"He would like to get out one day and live the life of a normal person. I don't see any harm in that."
Also vouching for Garland was Oliver Alincic, 46, among several convicted murderers who escaped through a cell window at Brisbane's Sir David Longland Correctional Centre with "Postcard Bandit" and infamous bank robber Brendan Abbott.