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25 NRIs jailed in Britain

They have been convicted for arranging marriages of Indians with UK nationals in order to let them gain entry.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, London
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2005 12:54 AM IST

Twenty-five Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) have been convicted and sentenced to jail for arranging "marriages of convenience" of Indians with British nationals in order to let them gain entry into Britain.

Ringleaders Salim Mullan, 50, from Leicester and Ibrahim Umarji, 66, from East Ham, London, were jailed for four years each after they admitted helping illegal immigrants enter the country through the sham marriages.

Twenty-three others received jail terms of up to three years for their part in the racket. One woman was given a suspended sentence.

Mullan's wife, Jahara, was jailed for one year after pleading guilty to money laundering. She had nearly 80,000 pounds in two bank accounts, the Leicester Crown Court was told.

The court heard the ceremonies were set up in an attempt to beat the UK immigration system.

One of the bogus brides connected with the case married as many as six men over a five-year period.

Delivering the sentence on Monday, Judge Simon Hammond said: "Clearly this was a well-planned and sophisticated operation involving recruitment of stooges in this country. Some were flown to India and there was substantial funding.

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