A Glasgow man has been sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for two years, at Belfast Crown Court for attempting to arrange a sham marriage.
The sentence follows an investigation by UK Border Agency officers who stopped a wedding at Belfast City Hall on August 15 last year.
A sham marriage typically occurs when a non-European national marries someone from the European Economic Area as a means of attempting to gain long-term residency, the right to work and claim benefits in the UK.
Asif Nasair (40) admitted arranging the marriage in an attempt to help the groom evade UK immigration rules.
Nasair acted as best man and witness at the ceremony and was arrested along with the would-be bride and groom, 23-year-old Slovakian woman Veronika Dzurikova and Kashif Ali, also 23, a Pakistani national.
The ‘groom’ entered the UK in 2010 on a student visa but had made no attempt to study and was living in Glasgow and working in the UK illegally.
Ali admitted during questioning that his intention in marrying was to avoid being sent back to Pakistan.
He has since been deported from the UK.