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UK officer transferred for calling his dog 'Allah'

Prison guard insisted the dog's name was 'Ali'

A prison officer in the United Kingdom was transferred after he caused a stir amongst inmates by calling his sniffer dog 'Allah', press reports said Monday.

Although officer Chris Langridge, 28, insisted the Labrador's name was infact 'Ali' not 'Allah', a Muslim inmate filed an official complaint with Britain's top Belmarsh high-security jail, The Sun newspaper reported.

“This is political correctness gone mad,” a Belmarsh officer was quoted by The Sun as saying.

According to a prison source there is no suggestion that he did call the dog Allah but it was thought it would be better to transfer him, the paper said.

Belmarsh contains the highest number of Muslim inmates of any UK prison, including some notorious extremists such as hook-handed Abu Hamza.