Remember my piece about Belfast becoming capital city of sham marriages, here’s another incident.
Three people who were arrested on suspicion of staging a sham wedding ceremony in Belfast have appeared in Court charged with immigration offences.
UKBA officers prevented a suspected sham wedding between a Slovakian woman and a Pakistan national from taking place at Belfast City Hall on Monday (15 August).
The couple and their “best man” were taken to Musgrave Street police station in Belfast where they were interviewed and charged with attempting to evade UK immigration laws.
The “groom”, Kashif Ali a 22-year-old Pakistan national with an address in Glasgow appeared before Laganside Magistrates Court today charged with seeking to obtain leave to remain in the UK by deception.
He was further charged with obtaining leave to remain by deception for obtaining a student visa for a college in London which it is alleged he failed to attend.
The “bride” 22-year-old Veronika Dzurikovk who lives in Athlone Co Westmeath and 39-year-old Asif Nasair from Glasgow also appeared at the same Court, both charged with assisting unlawful immigration.
All three were remanded in custody.