Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Vicar held in sham marriages probe

A vicar has been arrested on suspicion of conducting sham marriages, it has emerged

A vicar has been arrested on suspicion of conducting sham marriages, it has emerged.

Rev Nathan Ntege, of St Jude with St Aidan Church in Thornton Heath, south London, has been bailed pending further inquiries.

A UK Border Agency (UKBA) spokesman said: "A 52-year-old man was arrested at an address in Thornton Heath on the morning of Saturday 4 June in connection with an investigation into sham marriages in south London."

He was arrested on suspicion of carrying out an act to facilitate the commission of a breach of UK immigration law.

He has been bailed to December 6.

Premises at the church were searched as part of the investigation and the Diocese of Southwark and Church of England were made aware of what was happening.

A spokeswoman for the Diocese of Southwark said: "The Revd Nathan Ntege, Vicar of St Jude, Thornton Heath was arrested on Saturday 4 June.

"The Borders Agency is investigating matters concerning the conduct of marriages which have taken place at St Jude's church.

"He has been released on bail, the terms of which mean that he is not currently able to undertake public ministry until the investigation is complete.

"The Diocese of Southwark will be ensuring that the Revd Nathan Ntege, his family and the parish receive pastoral care and support."

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