A Muslim prisoner has filed a human-rights complaint against Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre, alleging jail staff refused to allow him to practise his religion.

Andrew Monnette claims prison officials would not allow him to eat a halal diet or give him access to a Qur'an or a prayer mat, offering him a towel as a stand-in.

In his B.C. Human Rights Tribunal complaint, the 25-year-old said the discrimination started in April 2014, when he was booked into KRCC awaiting trial on a string of assault and firearms charges out of Cranbrook, and continued until his transfer to a Prince George jail in December.

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