Five face court over ‘bogus’ Halifax wedding

A POLISH woman has appeared before a judge along with four men following a police swoop on an alleged fake marriage in Halifax.

Would-be bride Ewelina Piotrowska, 23, of Shepley Street, Wakefield, was arrested along with her intended husband Nahid Chaudhray, 31, when police raided their ceremony at Calderdale Register Office in March this year.

Yesterday Piotrowska appeared before Recorder Ian Harris at Bradford Crown Court along with Saeed Akhtar, 33, of Hammond Street, Halifax, Jam Roze, 43, of Cedar Court, Halifax, Kamran Qamar, 34, of Westfield Place, Halifax, and 42-year-old Mohammed Akhtar, of Darnoy Street, Wakefield.

Chaudhary, who is not a British citizen, was not produced from custody for the hearing, but his barrister Gerald Hendron said a recent change in solicitors acting for him meant he would have been applying for his case to be adjourned in any event.

Roze, Saeed Akhtar and Qamar formally entered not guilty pleas to a charge of conspiring to take part in a false wedding which would have facilitated the commission of a breach of the immigration laws namely the obtaining of a residents’ permit for Nahid Chaudhary when he was not a citizen of the European Union.

Recorder Harris confirmed that a trial date had been fixed for August 1.

The cases of Chaudhary and Mohammed Akhtar, who are both remanded in custody, were adjourned until July 4.

Piotrowska, Saeed Akhtar, Qamar and Roze had their conditional bail extended by the judge.