Northern Ireland

Three face Belfast City Hall sham marriage charges

Police raided the ceremony at Belfast City Hall
Image caption Police raided the ceremony at Belfast City Hall

Two men and a woman have appeared in court after police disrupted an alleged sham marriage in Belfast.

Kashif Ali, Veronika Dzurikova, and Asif Nasair were charged following a swoop on a registry office ceremony at City Hall on Monday.

Ms Dzurikova, 22, a Slovakian of no fixed address, is accused of attempting to participate in a sham marriage.

Mr Ali, a 22-year-old Pakistani with an address in Glasgow, is accused of trying to stay in the UK by deception.

Both were remanded in custody to appear in court again next month.

The third suspect, Mr Nasair, 39, of Allison Street, Glasgow, is charged with breaching immigration law by conspiring to act as best man in a sham marriage.

His lawyer applied for bail, telling the court that the accused worked as a taxi driver.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall remanded Mr Nasair in custody overnight to allow checks to be carried out on a possible address.

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