Groom admits sham plot as trial begins

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A GROOM arrested at his wedding has admitted plotting a sham marriage.

Ijaz Khalid’s car was searched after immigration officials halted the ceremony at Calderdale Register Office, Spring Hall, Halifax, on July 20.

In it they found a script with details of his bride Michaela Sivakova, 22, and an account of how he supposedly met her, a court heard.

She and parents Michal Sivak, 47, and Ruzena Sivakova, 41, claim they believed the wedding to be genuine.

The Czech family, of Spring Hall Place, Halifax, deny conspiring to breach immigration law. Michaela also denies a false statement to a registrar, which Khalid admits.

Their trial at Bradford Crown Court heard Khalid, 28, came to Britain from Pakistan legally in 2007 but his latest visa was due to expire on July 7 this year.

Prosecutor Timothy Capstick said: “As he didn’t want to leave, what he set about doing, we suggest with these three defendants, is arranging a marriage of convenience.”

Khalid, his would-be wife and her parents attended Blackburn Register Office on June 30 to give notice of their intent to marry, but a suspicious registrar alerted the UK Border Agency.

The couple claimed they got together in January this year, but Khalid admitted he had applied to marry another Czech woman, Bhomilu Stranska, on April 1.

Mr Capstick said: “This wasn’t a marriage for love, it was for convenience and we suggest Khalid paid for it.”

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