One of Scotland’s most feared gangsters has converted to a Jew to force prison officers to serve him expensive Kosher meals.
Imran ‘Baldy’ Shahid, who was previously a Muslim, has joined a growing list of cons who claim to have converted to Judaism in order to force prisons to serve them expensive specially prepared Kosher meals.
Shahid was jailed for life with a minimum 25-year term for leading a racist gang who snatched 15-year-old schoolboy Kriss Donald off the street in 2004, held him for four hours, then stabbed him 13 times and set him on fire while he was still alive.
The schoolboy was a complete stranger to Shahid and was targeted by Shahid as a form of revenge and a warning message to Scotland’s white gangsters after they attacked him at a nightclub hours earlier.
But Shahid’s recent claims to be Jewish has angered many insiders in the prison including prison guards.
He got the idea from American TV show Orange is the New Black.
A source at HMP Grampian said: “Baldy is an expert at taking the mickey. He has converted to Judaism and insists on being treated as Jewish.
“That means he has to get Kosher food and cooking implements that comply with the faith.
“It’s an absolute joke. It’s well known that he’s Muslim.
“He doesn’t do anything to do with Jewish worship or practice. He just says he’s Jewish and that’s it.
“Baldy’s ruling the roost here, and the prisoners are fuming that he seems to get everything he wants. He gets supplements from Holland and Barrett to help with his bodybuilding. Nobody else does.
“But this ‘conversion’ is the last straw. It’s an insult to genuinely Jewish people.”
Since being jailed Shahid has been involved in numerous fights and in 2011 was slashed with a razor in Saughton jail for trying to extort money from young prisoners.
Then, in November 2013, three inmates dropped a 15kg weight on his head and attacked him in the gym at Kilmarnock Prison.
Enraged by the attempt on his life he sent a picture of his musclebound body to several media outlets with the warning: “I’ve been to the gym and I’m f***ing ripped. These c***s are going to feel my wrath.”
Other inmates who have turned to Judaism for better meals include feared Glasgow gangster Robert “Birdman” O’Hara, who got life in 2005 for ordering the murder of a rival’s relative before he calmly inspecting the body in the street.