An India man, who has served time in jail for his role in a UK spouse visa sham, is set to be deported.
Daudbhai Bhadki, 38, from Leicester, was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment last week (29th June). However, he is set to be deported almost immediately as he has been on remand since his arrest last year.
Bhadki flew into Belfast on the morning of October 11th 2011 from the East Midlands purely to take part in a sham marriage. He had hoped that conducting a ceremony somewhere he wasn't known would help him gain access to a UK spouse visa, but officers recognised the sham and arrested the man at the register office after he failed to answer simple questions about his relationship with the intended bride.
Earl Aiken, from the UK Border Agency, commented: "This man thought he could abuse the immigration rules and evade justice by taking part in a sham marriage at a location where he was not known.
"As this case shows, Northern Ireland is not a soft touch for this type of crime and we will track down, detain and prosecute those fraudsters who have no right to be in the UK."
Arrangements will be made to deport the Indian man following his court hearing.