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Five Pakistanis arrested at Scottish registration offices

Islamabad, January 15, 2013 (PPI-OT): Six immigration offenders, including five from Pakistan, are due to be removed from UK after a series of UK Border Agency operations across Scotland.

In this week’s operations UK Border Agency officers acted on intelligence to investigate weddings scheduled to take place at registration offices in across Scotland.

In one operation in the town of Annan, on Tuesday 08 January, a 25-year-old Pakistani man was arrested as he attempted to marry a 25-year-old Bulgarian woman.

Two other Pakistani men aged 20, and 28, were also arrested, and all three were all detained on suspicion of immigration offences.

It was discovered during questioning by officers that they had all travelled together to Annan from Preston in Lancashire.

In a separate operation at Greenock registration office on 10 January a 23-year-old Pakistani man was arrested before he could take part in what he admitted was to be a sham marriage to a 25 -year-old Czech woman who has an address in Glasgow.

A 25- year-old Pakistani man who was a guest at the wedding was also arrested on suspicion of immigration offences.

Another guest at the bogus ceremony was served with a Notice of Potential Liability on behalf of the Manzil Indian takeaway on Princes Street, Port Glasgow for illegally employing the would-be groom . Steps will now be taken to remove all those detained from the UK.

Adam Scarcliffe, from the UK Border Agency, said:

“Anyone in the UK illegally and seeking to evade our immigration laws should take heed of this latest operation, and expect to be found by us and removed from the UK.

The UK Border Agency is working with colleagues at registration offices throughout Scotland and receives intelligence from a wide variety of sources. We will not hesitate to act against those who mistakenly believe that they can abuse the immigration system.”

Anyone who has information on suspected immigration offenders can visit the website or contact UK Crimestoppers anonymously on +44(0)800 555 111.

For more information, contact:
Mike Girling
Press Attache
British High Commission
Tel: +9251 201 2000
Cell: +92300 500 5306
Website: http://ukinpakistan.fco.gov.uk

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