Nine Defendants sentenced in Leeds Sham Marriage Case

21/12/2011

The defendants Usman, Mughal and Gardazi were Pakistani men living in the UK on expired student visas. They, along with the defendant Khan, all applied for permission to marry Slovakian women who were living legitimately in the UK. The purpose of these marriages was to secure themselves the right to remain in the United Kingdom indefinitely.

Ed Hulbert, Reviewing Lawyer for the Crown Prosecution Service at CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said:

"This was a brazen and cynical attempt to thwart the immigration law of the United Kingdom though marriages to EU nationals living in the UK.

"The UK Border Agency were alerted to the wedding of Usman and Racova by a Registrar at Leeds Registry Office whose suspicions were aroused when it became clear that the 'bride' and 'groom' did not speak the same language and appeared to have  limited knowledge of each others lives. The UKBA intervened and this ceremony did not go ahead.

This led to investigations into three other men present at the wedding. They had previously married Slovakian women but there was no evidence that any of the male and female defendants were living in the same household; and there was little telephone contact between them.

"Fortunately the defendants crimes were exposed and they have been brought to justice. This will send out a clear message that all such cases are viewed with the utmost seriousness and will be robustly prosecuted."

 
Sentences
Khan: 2 years 3 months imprisonment
Gardazi: 21 months' imprisonment
Usman: 18 months' imprisonment
Mughal:18 months' imprisonment
Fakunova: 51 weeks' imprisonment suspended for 2 years, and 200 hours' unpaid work in the community
I Holubova: 9 months' imprisonment suspended for 12 months and 150 hours community service, and supervision order
Z Holubova and Rakova: conditional discharge of 12 months