Yorkshire Post – Rotherham based Asian sham marriage gang

Rotherham semi was ‘engine room’ of Asian sham marriage gang

A Rotherham address was at the centre of a sham marriage immigration scamA Rotherham address was at the centre of a sham marriage immigration scam
Published on Thursday 17 January 2013 16:04

DOZENS of fake weddings were staged on the sub-continent in a new Yorkshire-based immigration scam to allow Pakistani men to live in the UK, a court heard.

More than 20 Czech or Slovak brides were flown to Pakistan by a Rotherham-based sham marriage gang to wed Asian men who paid for the service.

Phoney weddings were staged in Pakistan with the “brides” posing with their “grooms” for photographs in the pretence they had got married.

One bride went through three fake marriage ceremonies within four months and another had £1,000 in her handbag when she returned to the UK.

Yet another “bride” who went through a sham marriage was already married in the UK.

As overseas nationals the Pakistanis would have been granted leave to live in the UK as “husbands” of their spouses who as EU citizens have the right to live and work here.

The scam came to light when staff at the British High Commission in Islamabad noticed a plethora of documents supporting applications to marry and for settlement and family permit visas were forged and immigration officers began investigating in South Yorkshire.

It emerged the fake weddings took place in different private homes throughout the Mirpur district in the south-west of the Kashmir region. Often the parties married within hours or just a few days of meeting one another.

Operation Razorback led to 18 men and women being convicted after trial or admitting conspiring to breach the UK’s immigration laws or assisting unlawful immigration between August, 2009 and September, 2010. Read on……..

From the BBC: Talib Hussain and Rahina Zaman face sham weddings sentencing

From the Star: Jail sentences for ‘large-scale’ sham marriage scam and South Yorkshire massive sham marriage scam was international

From the Advertiser: Gang jailed for Rotherham sham marriage plot

Posted On: 19 January 2013

EIGHTEEN members of a well organised and professional sham marriage network centred on Rotherham have been sentenced to a total of 26 years imprisonment.

4 thoughts on “Yorkshire Post – Rotherham based Asian sham marriage gang

  1. How much more of this filth is operating in Rotherham and will continue to suck the life-blood out of this Country? Not only making thousands of pounds out of his fellow Countrymen but has the cheek to claim benefits as well. Will we have any comments from Akhtar and Moofy or will they hope it will blow away as they did with the child grooming for community cohesion purposes.

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  2. Is there any wonder the indiginous British are becoming a minority in many of our major cities, when these people are using every trick in the book to get into our country! The Pakistani nationals “hopefully” should be deported on completion of their sentences and the Czechs and Slovaks involved should also be given the boot, but the Pakistanis wll probably claim a fear of persecution if they are sent back and at the very least string out any deportation proceedings for years costing the British taxpayer a fortune in legal aid.

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  3. The composition of the gang involved in the Rotherham-based scam operation is interesting: the men were predominantly Pakistanis and the women a mix of Eastern Europeans (Czechs and Slovaks), Pakistani UK passport holders and white British. Whilst Rotherham was the main centre of this immigration racket, a number of Bradford residents were involved. The makeup of the individuals involved in this crime illustrates how an absence of any intrinsic ties to our country mean that they care not about its fate, and are quite willing to contribute to ongoing overpopulation, societal fragmentation and breakdown for relatively modest amounts of money. To the recent Eastern European immigrants, what does it matter to them if England is transformed into something increasingly resembling Pakistan? They can, after all, always return to their home countries, and as you are aware, those countries possess minuscule Muslim populations and are not threatened with cultural and societal dissolution through mass immigration.
    Those possessing familial links with Pakistan involved in this scam should not have been sentenced to prison terms in this country, but should instead have had their property confiscated, their citizenship revoked and been sent back to their ancestral familial homeland with no right of readmission. This sort of crime can only be stopped if the consequences are suitably severe and fitting, for otherwise people will be tempted to flout the law to their personal gain and to society’s detriment.

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