Imam accused of marrying off 14-year-old girl
A girl who was allegedly sexually assaulted by a 34-year-old man she was forced to marry was just 14 at the time, a Melbourne court has heard.
Mohammad Shakir, 34, is accused of having sex with the girl between September 30 and October 1, 2016, following their wedding, which was conducted by former imam Ibrahim Omerdic.
The girl is in a “fragile state” and has “ongoing health issues”, prosecutor Ranjani Padmanabhan told Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday…
Mr Omerdic, 61, imam of the Bosnian Islamic Society and Noble Park Mosque, was stood down after his November arrest and later sacked.
In January, the Board of Imams Victoria issued a statement against forced and child marriages, saying they are illegal and all Muslims are required to respect Australian law.