Police arrest eleven for sham weddings

21-07-2011

Detectives from the organised crime unit of the police have reported that eleven people were arrested and charged at the end of June on suspicion of organising sham weddings. The police believe that foreigners paid the group in order to illegitimately acquire residence permits in the country through marriage. All eleven – of which four are Nigerian and the rest are Czech – are being charged with participation in organised crime and aiding illegal residency in the Czech Republic. If convicted they face between two and ten years’ imprisonment.