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Marriage scam man gets right to appeal

A Nigerian man jailed for arranging sham marriages to win foreign nationals legal status in Northern Ireland can mount a new appeal against deportation, a High Court judge has ruled.

Mr Justice Weatherup ordered the setting aside of a current certificate for the removal of Alexander Success due to a misunderstanding about the relationship with his partner.

Success served a four-year prison sentence for a series of illegal immigration charges linked to bogus marriages in the north west.

Following his release in 2008 he failed in appeals against a deportation order served on him. The High Court was told Success came to the UK in 1999 and received residency status after marrying an Irish woman three years later. Following their break-up he then formed a relationship with his current partner.

His barrister claimed an immigration judge who ruled on an earlier appeal mistook references to his partner – who Success got back together with after a period apart – to mean his ex-wife.

The judge held there had been a flaw in the proceedure because the first decision was not based on the couple having got back together.

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