Asad Malik ‘made £1m’ from Airport Car Parking Scam

Asad Malik, aged 38, of Crawley, West Sussex, allegedly conned holidaymakers by advertising secure airport car parking and then actually leaving vehicles in a muddy field.

He was charged with six counts of making fraudulent claims, engaging in misleading commercial practice and unfair commercial practice between 2014 and 2016. He denies the charges.

It is said that Malik made over £1 million from his fraudulent car parking scheme.

Malik tricked drivers into leaving their cars with his bogus firms ‘London Parking Gatwick’ and ‘Easy Meet and Greet Gatwick’ while they went on holiday.

His websites claimed the cars would be parked in secure compounds with CCTV by professional chauffeurs.

The supposedly legitimate firms also featured a photo of a secure car park. However, Malik used pictures of Borders General Hospital, in Scotland, to con drivers.

In reality, they were dumped in muddy fields and bushes across the south. Vehicles were left unlocked with windows open and keys in a plastic wallet stuck to the windscreen.

A number of cars were returned damaged while some were not returned at all.

Lewes Crown Court heard that one holidaymaker saw his mini dumped in a muddy bog on TV while he was in Spain.

Prosecutor Richard Heller said:

“A young man called Keegan Bowes watched that broadcast in Majorca on holiday and was rather alarmed to see his own car.

“He expected it to be parked in a secure location, not in a field where it had been left.

“He contacted his mother Linda Glover and arranged for her to collect the car.

“She discovered the passenger door would not open and the satnav was missing.”

Ross Newman said his car had a tow bar style dent in the front bumper after booking with one of Malik’s firms.

He also found that his car had travelled 24 miles after being told the parking location was 3.8 miles from Gatwick Airport.

Mr Heller said: “He was very suspicious of the driver returning his car as he thought he was trying to prevent any damage being seen and made off very quickly.”

Many customers complained but they were simply ignored. Both websites used customer testimonials written in broken English as if it was translated using Google.

Mr Heller read one of the website’s testimonials:

“Mr John Smith left a review in December 2014 in which he described how his ‘experience with them was the suitable one, as I paid very less there which was around trip of taxi fare and got the full service both ends of my journey’.”

However, Mr Heller described one actual incident:

“In June 2016, Sylvia Goodman said her car was returned with a bent key, the language on the dashboard display was changed to one she didn’t recognise, there was hardly any fuel left, it was dirty, the time had been changed and there was litter in the car including a Co-Op receipt for mini garlic naans.”

The court heard that the bread was purchased four hours after the car was handed over.

When Trading Standards Officers went to the sites, they found no fencing, CCTV or gates.

Mr Heller said: “Malik traded through the named companies in such a way that people were defrauded into paying for parking services to have been of an entirely different quality and character than the reality.”

“When you are in the right, when you are in the wrong or quite simply when you are being dishonest or misleading if your site doesn’t have CCTV or you don’t own the facilities when you claim you do, you are not telling the truth.

“Someone is far more likely to pay for your service than if you tell them it’s going to be kept in a muddy field or forest.”

“And pay they did, this was big business.”

Malik denies the charges. The trial continues.

‘Paranoid’ husband who murdered brother over sex row jailed for life

A ‘paranoid’ husband who murdered his brother because he believed the victim had sex with his wife has been jailed for more than 16 years.

Ibrahim Mahetar, 35, stabbed his brother Naseer Mahetar to death in their parents’ backyard in Town Street in Batley on August 31 last year.

Leeds Crown Court heard Ibrahim Mahetar murdered his 31-year-old brother after believing that he had sex with his wife Sabrina Mamaniat.

He battered him with a baseball bat before stabbing him three times – including in the heart, the head and the arm.

The murder weapon was never recovered but is believed to have been a tool ‘like a spark plug cleaner’.

The attack happened in front of Naseer Mahetar’s wife Asma Daji, who tried to defend her husband as she held their two-year-old daughter on her hip.

The defendant’s children were in the house at the time and saw their uncle dying in the backyard. The defendant’s and the deceased’s mother Aysha Mahetar also saw her youngest son dying in the backyard.

The judge jailed the defendant for life with a minimum of 16 years and 188 days.

Sentencing, Judge Rodney Jameson QC told the defendant:

“All this because of your irrational obsession that your wife was unfaithful.”

During a seven-day trial, jurors heard that a rumour of the alleged affair emerged in April last year.

The day before the murder, Ibrahim Mahetar recorded himself ‘interrogating’ his wife about the rumour and she eventually told him that they had sex on one occasion.

Ibrahim Mahetar, of School Crescent in Dewsbury Moor, was found guilty of murder by a majority of 10-1.

A charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in relation to Mrs Daji was allowed to lie on the file.

Richard Wright QC, mitigating, said the defendant’s fatal actions were ‘undoubtedly brought about by his perception of the relationship between his wife and his brother’ and ‘driven by paranoia’.

He added: “It does not justify for a moment the violence that was used but it does explain what happened that night from his perspective.”

The judge told the defendant that his the belief ‘plainly tormented’ him, adding: “You had no rational grounds for that belief and in these circumstances it has a limited effect in mitigation.”

Speaking about Naseer Mahetar’s youngest daughter, the judge told the defendant:

“You may not have been expecting to see [her], but you did not let that stop your murderous assault on him.”

He added: “I do not conclude that you planned to kill him. I am, however, satisfied that you did intend to kill him when you stabbed him three times.”

In a statement read out to the court yesterday, Naseer Mahetar’s widow Mrs Daji said: “All I could see when I closed my eyes was Naseer lying on the floor after he had been attacked. That image has not faded and remains with me, particularly at night.”

The defendant nodded to someone at the back of the public gallery as he was sent down.

Pakistan shoots down two Indian jets ‘deaths confirmed’ and one Indian Pilot arrested

Pakistan has confirmed that it carried out air raids in Indian-administered Kashmir and shot down two Indian jets in its own airspace, capturing one of the pilots as tensions escalate a day after India bombed targets in Pakistan.

“Today, Pakistan Air Force undertook strikes across Line of Control from within Pakistani airspace,” the foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

Earlier, Major General Asif Ghafoor, spokesperson of the Pakistani army, said Indian jets had entered Pakistan in response and two fighter jets had been shot down, with one pilot captured.

The development comes as Indian officials said at least three Pakistani combat jets entered the airspace over Indian-administered Kashmir on Wednesday but returned after being intercepted by Indian planes.

Indian jet destroyed by Pakistan Air Force, picture below.

Pakistan Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor tweeted:

At least four airports in the northern part of India, including the main airport in Indian-administered Kashmir, were shut down indefinitely on Wednesday amid warnings of a retaliatory attack by Pakistan.

Also on Wednesday, an Indian Air Force plane crashed in Kashmir, killing two pilots and a civilian, a police official said. It was unclear whether the plane was shot down or faced a technical snag.

India on Tuesday said it had launched an air attack inside Pakistan and that its warplanes killed “a very large number” of fighters at a rebel training camp, raising the risk of conflict between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Pakistan denied there had been casualties, but has warned that it will respond to Indian aggression.

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Man, 50, shouted ‘bomb’ and ‘Muslim’ at wedding party in Manchester

A man has been convicted after threatening guests at a wedding party gathered outside Stockport Town Hall – shouting words including ‘bomb and ‘Muslim.’

Khalid Mehmood, 50, was detained by armed police who were scrambled to Wellington Road South as part of a major response to reports of a man stating he had a bomb.

The town hall and Stockport Library were evacuated and a large section of the A6 was cordoned off by police responding to the incident in September last year.

Wedding guests said that Mehmood had entered the town hall in a ‘confused’ state before saying the word ‘bomb’ in broken English.

He was escorted from the venue by members of the party who called police, after concerns were raised about the contents of a satchel worn by Mehmood.

The satchel – which was later searched by police – did not contain a bomb or any other suspicious items. Mehmood, who lives on Wellington Road South, denied using threatening behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

During a trial at Stockport Magistrates’ Court, Mehmood said he had come across the town hall “by mistake” and said he only approached guests to ask whose wedding it was.

Magistrates convicted Mehmood of the Section 4 Public Order offence today, stating they were satisfied he had used the words ‘bomb’ and ‘Muslim.’

They said that using these words whilst entering a public building would have caused ‘alarm’ or ‘distress.’

Joseph Scott had been attending his sister’s wedding reception at Stockport Town Hall on Saturday, September 22, when the incident unfolded.

He told the court there had been “around 200” guests who were gathering outside to take photographs when an unknown male approached the party.

“I came outside and a man approached me saying the word ‘bus’ followed by the words ‘taxi, taxi'” he said.

“His English was broken and it was difficult to understand what he meant so I pointed towards the building [town hall] and he went inside.”

Mr Scott said as Mehmood entered the town hall, he began to hear a ‘commotion’ between him and other family members.

“He was saying the words, ‘bus, bus,’ then ‘bomb, bomb,’ ‘sorry, sorry,’ ‘Muslim, Muslim,” Mr Scott told the court.

“We couldn’t get anything coherent out of him which was quite unnerving.

“This is a guy at a private wedding using words like bomb and Muslim.

“I decided to ring the police for assistance as I was concerned about the welfare of my family and friends.

“He was carrying a satchel which could have contained offensive weapons.”

Alex Gough told the court that he first became aware of Mehmood after he entered the town hall foyer, wearing a canvas satchel across his shoulder.

“I became aware of someone who had entered that was not a guest of the wedding,” he said.

“I moved across the room and my father-in-law at that point had turned around to escort the individual out.

“As I followed him I started to overheard the conversation.

“I recall hearing the words, taxi, taxi, and ‘bus, bus’ then ‘bomb, bomb’.

“I believe I also heard the words ‘sorry, sorry’ and also the word Muslim was said, but there was no real structure to the conversation.

“He seemed confused and incoherent when talking to us.”

PC David Brown from Greater Manchester Police responded to reports that a male had left a building stating he had a bomb.

In a statement read to the court, PC Brown said: “On arrival I saw a male matching the description and made the decision to detain him right there and then before he could walk back towards the busy town centre.

“I arrested him on suspicion of making a false bomb threat and waited for firearm officers who then took hold of the male.”

Mehmood was detained and interviewed by police where he gave a prepared statement denying that he had used the word ‘bomb.’

CCTV footage from Stockport Town Hall showed Mehmood entering the building before engaging with two male guests.

He claimed he had been out in Stockport having his watch repaired and had stopped at the town hall to ask who was getting married.

He told police he had never used the word ‘bomb’ and denied being a member of a terrorist organisation.

Pakistan Airforce Chased Away Indian Planes That ‘Tried’ To Enter Pakistan

Indian military planes violated the Line of Control (LoC), intruding from the Muzaffarabad sector, Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations Major-General Asif Ghafoor said on his official Twitter account

  • ISPR says Pakistani forces responded effectively
  • Payload dropped at Balakot
  • No casualties

Maj-Gen Ghafoor in his tweet said “Indian Air Force violated Line of Control”, following which “Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled” and Indian aircraft went back.

He later added that the aircraft faced “timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force” and ended up releasing “payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot”. Payload is the carrying capacity of an aircraft, which is usually measured in terms of weight. This could include cargo, passengers, an explosive warhead or any instruments.

No casualties or damage occurred, the military spokesperson said.

In another tweet, he said that “Indian aircrafts’ intrusion across LoC in Muzaffarabad Sector within AJ&K was 3-4 miles”.

Technical details and other important information to follow, he added.

PTI, via Twitter, linked the violation to India’s upcoming elections, saying: “We realise it’s election year and [there is] a desperation across the border. Fact of the matter is, Indian jets were forced to retreat in haste by Pakistan army patrols and dumped fuel, which in their scramble they thought was a bomb.”

Couple accused of poisoning a young child with insulin deny cruelty charges

A Saudi couple accused of poisoning a young child with insulin have denied cruelty charges today. 

Amal Asiri, 28, and her husband Mohammed Asiri, 37, were said to have administered the drug when the child was in hospital.

Emma Smith, prosecuting, said: ‘The child was admitted to that hospital between March and June 2017 and again in February 2018 suffering from a form of hypoglycemia.

‘The Crown’s case is that it relates to the giving of insulin to the child by the defendants, either by giving it directly or allowing them to access it.’

Inner London Crown Court heard the couple are accused of ‘wilfully ill treating the child in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering’.

Mrs Asiri is also charged with ‘unlawfully and maliciously administering a poison or other destructive or noxious substance thereby to endanger the life of the child.’ Medical experts including doctors from the children’s hospital and toxicology experts are set to be called by both sides.

The couple, based in Kensington, south west London will return to Inner London Crown Court for a hearing on July 25 ahead of the trial on September 16.

Both deny a charge of cruelty to a person under the age of 16. Amal Asiri also denies one charge of administering a poison or noxious substance so as to endanger life.

The couple were granted conditional bail provided they remain in the country, surrender their travel documents and make no attempt to gain new documents.

Taxi Driver jailed for Kissing Passenger and Groping female passenger

Tawab Khan, aged 48, from Hanley in Staffordshire, was jailed for seven years at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on Friday, February 22, 2019, for sexually abusing a woman in his taxi.

Khan, who is a father of nine children, agreed to take the woman home for £10 following a night out with her friends in Hanley at around 2:45 am.

She initially sat in the back but he asked her to sit in the front of the taxi. Khan then kissed her, touched her and groped her breasts.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded with him to let her out. The ordeal finally ended when he stopped near Park Hall.

Prosecutor Tom Kenning said:

“She left on her own and looked for a taxi. The first taxi driver she tried said he would charge £15 to take her home but the second taxi, driven by the defendant, agreed to take her for £10.

“She got in the back and he said, ‘You seem like a nice girl’. She said she had left early on her own because she had work in the morning.

“He said, ‘Why don’t you get in the front’? and she did. She thought he was being pleasant. If she had not had a drink she may have been alerted to what he was intending to do.

“He touched her and tried to kiss her. She said, ‘No, stop’. He continued driving.

“He said, ‘You are a nice girl, you are a beautiful girl’. She became concerned. He grabbed her breasts.”

“It became clear he was not going the most direct route to her home.

“He put his hand on her leg and sexually assaulted her. She repeatedly asked to be let out. He eventually did. She was upset and called the police.”

Khan was arrested later that morning. He told officers that the woman had groped him.

Paul Cliff, mitigating, said Khan is a committed community member and is involved with the North Staffordshire volleyball team.

The married Khan had been targeted by warlords in his homeland because he was a successful businessman. As a result, he left and came to the UK.

Mr Cliff explained that six of Khan’s children are still financially dependent on him.

He said: “He is well known in the religious community of North Staffordshire.”

In a victim statement, the woman said she has suffered from panic attacks and flashbacks since her ordeal and now barely goes out.

Khan was found guilty of assault by penetration and two charges of sexual assault.

Following his arrest, his taxi licence was suspended and has since worked as a fast-food delivery driver, reports Desi Blitz.

Judge David Fletcher said: “The one thing anyone should expect when getting into a taxi is that they are safe.

“On this occasion, this young woman was treated by you in a way that means she was simply not safe. She has been seriously affected psychologically.”

Mr Cliff added: “There is no chance of him being able to work as a taxi driver again.”

In addition to the jail sentence, Khan will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for the rest of his life.

Three Teenagers jailed for Shooting at Chip Shop

Three teenagers from Birmingham were jailed for a total of 46 years and two months at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday, for attempting to shoot a gang rival dead.

Kabir Khan, aged 19, his brother Sajeer Khan, aged 18, and Atif Imran, aged 18, committed the crime in a busy chip shop in Birmingham on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

CCTV footage showed Kabir using a handgun to open fire through the door of Classic Fish Bar in Washwood Heath. The shots narrowly missed three children and sent customers diving for cover.

The Khans and Imran had pursued their intended target along St Margaret’s Avenue at 9 pm before he went into the chip shop for cover.

Kabir fired one bullet from the .41 Colt revolver. The bullet flew through the shop and lodged in a sign behind the serving counter.

Three children, aged six, eight and 12, were queuing in the takeaway and police later said it was “a miracle” no-one was killed or seriously hurt.

Following the incident, West Midlands Police appealed for information and community intelligence identified the Khans as potential suspects.

The trio used a Ford Focus that was bought on September 28, 2017, from an auction as a getaway car. Detectives found it abandoned the day after the shooting in Sandbourne Road, Alum Rock.

They also found clothing dumped under some bushes in Kents Moat Recreational Ground, Lea Hall, near Birmingham.

Forensics found Kabir’s DNA on the clothes and his fingerprints on the bag.

He fled to London but was tracked down to an address in Ilford, Essex, on October 28, 2017, where he was arrested.

Police seized a laptop from the flat and it revealed internet searches relating to firearms and ammunition. Khan’s mobile phone was used to find news coverage of the chip shop shooting.

Sajeer was arrested at a flat in Sutton Coldfield on January 5, 2018. Imran was arrested at Birmingham airport on January 23, 2018, after fleeing to Pakistan.

Examination of their mobile phones showed extensive communication between the three before, during and after the incident. The phones also revealed that they were in St Margaret’s Avenue at the time of the shooting.

Body-mapping experts also assessed CCTV images of the shooter and his associate. They found similarities between the offenders and the Khans.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Dan Halford from West Midlands Police’s Force Priorities Team said:

“This was a hugely reckless discharge of a firearm in public and one which could have resulted in the serious injury or death of completely innocent people.

“One witness in the chippy described the terror and panic as someone shouted ‘he’s got a gun’ then heard a loud bang and glass shattering.”

Kabir Khan has been previously convicted 12 times for 20 offences, including robbery, assault and car theft. This dates back to June 2011 when he was 12 years old.

DC Halford added:

“We know there were around 10 people in the chip shop when the offender opened fire.”

“It’s miraculous that none of them, including children, were hit by the bullet or flying glass.

“This was undoubtedly a targeted attack, they were chasing another teenager it’s understood they were in dispute with.

“It’s shocking they thought it was acceptable to resolve that dispute by discharging a handgun in a busy takeaway.”

Imran admitted possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life. The Khan brothers had denied any involvement in the incident but were found guilty.

Kabir Khan, of Lea Hall, was sentenced to 19 years in prison. Atif Imran, of Alum Rock, was jailed for 17 years. Sajeer Khan, of Alum Rock, was jailed for 10 years and two months.

The Khans, Imran and Ibrahim Mohammed, aged 17, of Alum Rock, were also convicted of a carjacking in Sheldon, Birmingham which took place a day before the shooting in the chip shop.

A 60-year-old man was ambushed on his driveway and had his BMW stolen. He was threatened with a baseball bat and machete before being punched to the ground and run over by the Ford Focus that was used in the shooting.

The victim spent six days in the hospital recovering from his injuries.

Mohammed was caught on CCTV using the man’s bank cards to try and purchase bottles of vodka at a shop on October 7, 2017.

Ibrahim Mohammed was jailed for four years and six months.

From ‘Paki bashing’ to citizenship-stripping: Shamima Begum case an issue of identity for British-Asians

By Areeb Ullah

Walking through the hustle and bustle of Whitechapel’s street market in east London, there is one topic of conversation.

Shamima Begum: The local school girl, now 19, who left Britain to join Islamic State (IS) in Syria at the age of 15.

Whether in Bengali or English, locals here, many of whom share Begum’s Bangladeshi roots, are discussing whether the teenager should be allowed back into the UK.

One detail of the Begum case that has sparked particular concern and curiosity among Britain’s Asian community has been Home Secretary Sajid Javid’s decision to revoke Begum’s citizenship.

Government sources told the BBC that Javid used Begum’s eligibility for Bangladeshi citizenship, to which she is entitled through her Bangladeshi parents, as grounds for taking away her British citizenship.

Legal experts say the move has highlighted how millions of British citizens, among them many British-Asians, eligible for dual nationality, are at risk of having their citizenship revoked.

And while Bangladesh has insisted that Begum is not a citizen, many British-Bangladeshis say that the fact that the issue of citizenship has been raised at all has made them begin to question their own place in British society.

Double standards

Poppy Begum, a lifelong resident of Tower Hamlets and a mother of three from Bangladesh, questioned if there was a double standard at play.

Before dipping into the array of hijabs piled up on a market stall, Begum hands a bag of shopping to her 21-year-old daughter Shireen, and asks: “Would they do this to a white person?”

Begum’s family came to the UK in the 1970s, after the outbreak of the Bangladeshi war of Independence in 1971.

Bangladesh’s nationality laws state that members of the Bangladeshi diaspora are automatically eligible for citizenship from the moment they are born. This eligibility remains intact until the age of 21, by which time they have claim it to keep it.

“It scares me a lot because if they can do it to her, they can do this to anyone, like my children, who can get Bangladeshi citizenship,” said Begum.

“It’s not right that they took away her citizenship. And just because her parents are Bangladeshi, doesn’t mean she is.”

Sense of belonging

Home to Britain’s largest Bengali-speaking community, Tower Hamlets is an inner-city London area that suffers from high levels of deprivation.

When Asian migrants came to Britain, they did so with the intention of staying in Britain temporarily before then heading back. That changed, however, and most settled down.

But despite Tower Hamlet’s history of immigration, racism towards migrant communities has forced many to question their place in British society, with many fearing their citizenship could be taken away from them at any time.  

“Our parents would always tell us that they can take away our citizenship at any time if we do anything wrong,” Rabina Uddin, a school teacher who grew up in the Tower Hamlets area, recalled.

“We would laugh it off, but I guess they were right. The government is stalling the situation with Shamima Begum and now trying to use her case to teach others a lesson.

“This was a long time coming. We are a minority in this country. What did you expect?”

Ridwan, however, who is an aid worker, questioned whether Begum’s citizenship revocation was “an exception to the rule”.

“I was speaking about it with some friends on Whatsapp, and for a second we thought damn, that could be us too,” said Ridwan, who declined to give his surname.

“A lot of us hope that they only exercise this power on extreme cases and not the everyday person, but it does make you question whether our British citizenship is conditional.”

Sitting in a cafe near the East London Mosque, Azad Ali, a veteran anti-racist campaigner who works for CAGE, reflects on how the area has changed over the years.

Having lived in Tower Hamlets his whole life and been involved in community projects across the borough, Ali recalls the days when the feared far-right National Front group would run amok in the area.

“I used to remember running back from the sweet shop, and mapping out which road to take to escape anyone trying to beat me up,”  Ali chuckled, as he drank a cup of Karak Chai.

“Thugs from the National Front would call it ‘Paki bashing’ but now it’s completely changed.”

He adds: “The last generation has had it much easier because it was in your face, not as implicit as it is today.

“But thanks to Prevent and what Sajid Javid did to Shamima Begum, people are now waking up and seeing that racism can be state-led.”

It’s a sentiment that is echoed by Taqwa, a 17-year-old who aspires to become a lawyer.

She remembers Shamima Begum as a fellow student, albeit two years above her, at Bethnal Green Academy.

Standing at the edge of Whitechapel market, Taqwa explains why she finds the current climate for Muslims “concerning”.

“Taking away her citizenship is iffy. They are basically taking our rights,” said Taqwa, who refused to give her surname.

“It’s like they’re building a wall against us as Muslims, simply because we don’t have British blood.”

Some names were changed at the request of the interviewees.

2 Men jailed for Sham Marriage to Stay in UK

Zia Uddin, aged 34, of Wanstead Lane, Redbridge was jailed for 18 months at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, after he was found guilty of having a sham marriage in order to cheat the immigration system.

His accomplice Ameen Ul Haq, aged 31, of Longbridge Road, Barking, failed to attend court.

But despite his absence Haq was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

The court heard that Uddin and Ul Haq, both originally from Pakistan, had got married to imported Lithuanian brides. They both took the marriage route in a bid to extend their leave to remain in the UK.

Shortly after the weddings, the women would then fly back home.

Both Uddin and Ul Haq had limited leave to remain in the UK. They submitted new immigration applications around the time that the marriages took place.

An enquiry by the Immigration Enforcement’s Criminal and Financial Investigation (CFI) team discovered that Uddin had paid one of the scheme’s ringleaders.

Zia gave 33-year-old Ayaz Khan, £11,850 ahead of his wedding at a Newham registry office in October 2011.

Khan’s 26-year-old wife Jurgita Pavlovskyte also transferred cash to Ul Haq’s bride on October 31, 2013, prior to his wedding in April 2014.

Khan and Pavlovskyte had led the scheme, marketing the marriages as 3,000 Euro “business deals.”

Their scheme had seen 13 men, mostly from Pakistan, marrying Lithuanian women. Brides ranged in age from 18 to 25.

The couple, who lived in Danehurst Road, Redbridge, had made £500,000 from their sham marriage operation. Both were jailed in April 2018.

The court heard that the fake grooms would later use their marriage documents as evidence to support their applications for leave to remain.

Hannah Shirley, acting assistant director of the CFI, said:

“CFI officers played a vital role in this investigation, uncovering evidence to prove that these marriages were a sham.

“These individuals were attempting the cheat the immigration system and push ahead of people who play by the rules.

“We will not allow people to exploit our immigration system in this way and anyone caught trying to do so will be brought to justice through the courts.”

Uddin was found guilty of securing the avoidance of enforcement action and was sentenced to 18 months in prison, reports Desi Blitz.

Ul Haq was found guilty of securing the avoidance of enforcement action and obtaining leave by deception. In his absence, he was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

Police are currently looking for Ameen Ul Haq and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Anyone who has information on Ul Haq’s whereabouts or about suspected immigration abuse can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit their website.