They’re always trying to get in, one way or the other, then one they’re here, whine, moan and complain about how badly they’re being mistreated.
Eighteen people facing jail after police break sham marriage ring between eastern European brides and Pakistani men
- Gang described by prosecutor as ‘well-run’ and ‘professional’
- Czeck and Slovak women living in UK were paid by organisers to fly to Pakistan to marry
By ALEX HORLOCK
PUBLISHED: 09:46 GMT, 16 October 2012 | UPDATED: 10:18 GMT, 16 October 2012
A well-organised sham marriage gang staged fake weddings with eastern European brides so Pakistani men could illegally enter the UK, a court heard.
Czech and Slovak women living in the UK were paid by Asian organisers to fly out to Pakistan where ‘marriages’ were arranged with Pakistani nationals.
Supported by false documents, applications for settlement and family permit visas were submitted to the British High Commission in Islamabad by Pakistanis seeking leave to join their ‘wives’ in the UK.
As overseas nationals they would have been allowed to stay in the UK as ‘husbands’ of their spouses who were legitimately resident here as EU citizens.
But suspicions over the growing number of applications in Islamabad led to the Rotherham-based ring being smashed and none of the 62 fraudulent visa applications were ever granted.