'QAnon Shaman' moved over special diet

Michael Balsamo
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A man who stormed the US Capitol while sporting face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns has been moved to another jail after a judge ordered authorities to provide him with organic food while he is in custody.

Jacob Chansley was transferred to the Alexandria Detention Center in Virginia after his lawyer argued his client had gone nine days without eating because organic food was not served at the jail in Washington, DC.

A judge ordered corrections officials to provide the special diet.

Chansley had lost 9kg since being transferred from Arizona to Washington last week, his lawyer, Albert Watkins, told the judge.

Chansley, who calls himself the "QAnon Shaman", considered eating organic food to be part of his "shamanic belief system and way of life", the lawyer said.

On Thursday, US District Judge Royce Lamberth said the District of Columbia Department of Corrections had asked for Chansley to be moved because they could not honour the court's order to feed him organic food.

The judge said jail officials in nearby Alexandria could accommodate the special diet.

Chansley was indicted on civil disorder, obstruction, disorderly conduct and other charges for his role in the riot at the Capitol on January 6.

He was among a group of hundreds of pro-Trump supporters who charged past outnumbered police officers and stormed the Capitol as Congress was meeting to vote to certify Joe Biden's electoral win.