Abu Hamza's porridge diet turns extreme

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Abu Hamza, the Muslim cleric serving a 7 year prison term in Britain for incitement to murder and racial hatred, is said to have become fanatical about losing weight.

The 47 year old, who was sentenced earlier this year, has shed so much weight in jail he is boasting about his "six-pack" abs and a regimen of jogging, workouts and dieting.

One of Hamza's sons told The Mirror "I couldn't believe it when I saw him. He has lost weight by not eating so much halal meat and surviving on prison food."

However it has now been reported that Abu Hamza, along with 21 of his fellow inmates at Belmarsh prison have taken part in a one meal protest at the jail's high security wing.

Almost all of the wing's inmates refused to eat their lunch claiming that the food was "not up to the usual standard".

The Home Office has denied the claims by Hamza's lawyer that his client is not being properly fed and is having to pay for food to sustain himself.  Abu Hamza is said to be showing no remorse because he does not believe he has done anything wrong.

March 15, 2006