Sham marriage court case

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AN operation to crack down on sham marriages landed 21 suspects at court in Sheffield.

The Czech, Slovak, Pakistani and UK nationals were arrested in Rotherham, Sheffield and Bradford.

They are accused of being involved in a conspiracy where eastern European women were flown to Pakistan, as brides for would-be migrants.

The newlywed women were then flown to the UK where they would submit applications for their husbands to join them.

All the defendants, charged with conspiracy to breach UK immigration rules, were bailed ahead of a hearing later in the year.

The defendants from Rotherham are Eva Holubova, aged 18, 25-year-old Zuzana Holubova, Veronika Pohlookova, 35, and 19-year-old Peter Pohlooko, all of Grosvenor Road, Eastwood; Musserat Bi, 30, and 58-year-old Mohammed Ramzan, of Broom Grove; Rahina Zaman, 31 and 27-year-old Tariq Mehmood, of Allan Street, Clifton; Khalda Ahmed, 44, of Badlsey Moor Lane; 33-year-old Kristina Popikova, of Holmes Lane, Masbrough; Veronika Horvothova, 21, of Lindley Street, St Ann’s, and 30-year-old Michaela Lengyelova, of Selborne Street, St Ann’s.

The defendants from Sheffield are Nikola Horvathova, 25 and 30-year-old Svetlana Krausova, of Hatherley Road, Tinsley; Aftab Hussain, 35, of Town Street, Tinsley, and 27-year-old Nadia Qureshi, 27, of Aldfield Way, Fir Vale.

Five suspects from Bradford also appeared.