Sham marriage boom after judges rule Home Office crackdown is illegal
Sham marriages are booming after judges relaxed laws designed to prevent them, figures show.
The number of illegal immigrants who stage fake ceremonies to stay in the country are likely to top 500 this year, the highest level since 2004.
Growing abuse of marriage laws appeared to have been stemmed that year after non-EU nationals were told they must apply for Home Office approval before marrying an EU citizen.
But last year Law Lords said the rules against fake marriages breached human rights and could deny genuine couples the right to marry.
The figures, an increase of 80 per cent compared with three years ago, were produced by the Home Office and disclosed by More4 News.
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“They started beating me with iron rods and bamboo sticks, without letting say a word,” the student said. “As they were pounding away at me, I prayed to Our Lady to save me. When they relented for a moment I was able to get away.”
“After the attack I stopped to think about what had happened and why they attacked me,” the young man toldÂ AsiaNews.
“I remembered then that a week before I was in the park with friends where we talked about prophets in the various religions. One of the men who attacked me was sitting across from us. He told us that he belonged to Hizbut Tawhid and that they had a duty to carry out jihad to punish people like us.” Read it all>>