Sham marriage raided moments before the couple could tie the knot
A recent strict action has been taken by the UK Border Authorities and police where they handcuffed a couple who were going to have a sham marriage.
As part of changes in immigration marriage rules to check the increasing number of sham marriages taken place just to stay in the country. Now according to the rules, if any suspect arises on a marriage taking place, authorities can take immediate action to stop it.
Recently Border Agency officials have raided such kind of suspected sham marriage where even the guests seemed to be fraud kinds. The raiding by police and Border Agency incident happened at Spring Hall Mansion, Halifax, West York’s, just when the bride Czech and a Pakistani guy were about to take their vows and exchange rings at a registry office, the authorities turned up at the scene. Even the guests were surprised and shocked to see such a raid.
Both of them were handcuffed as their marriage was supposed to be fraud marriage and were just getting married in the eyes of law to enjoy the country benefits that they will be able to enjoy after it.
This sham marriage was taking place between the bride who is 22 years old who is presently living Halifax and a 28 year old year man who lives in Watford who were detained on the grounds of their sham marriage as there is doubt that the man has been living illegally in the country after his visa got expired.
The girl’s father and mother witnessing the marriage ceremony were also arrested along with them.
The arrested people were questioned at the Halifax police station. The team involved consists seconded police people and the warranted UK Border Agency specially brought together to keep a check on such sham marriages. 20 police officers from the UK Border Agency’s North East immigration from the crime team are looking into this case. This team specially comes and inspects whenever a non- European immigrant is going to marry somebody from EU country for gaining the benefits offered by the country.
Such crook people are expected to be fined up to 10, 000 pounds for their particular crime.
The regional director of UK Border Agency, Jeremy Oppenheim, states that to keep a strict check on sham marriages they are working in a close contact with the registrars and vicars so that they can be informed if any suspicion arises claiming the genuineness of the marriage. He also ensures that they will take every strong possible step to cut down these fraud marriages by the immigrants who want to stay in the country.