Wakefield fake wedding teacher jailed

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A RESPECTED religious teacher at a Wakefield mosque is beginning a 12-month prison sentence for his role in his brother’s sham marriage in the city.

Zafar Iqbal, 33, was jailed alongside Czech ‘bride’ Milada Gabcova.

Gabcova, 23, of Marsland Street, Wakefield, was attempting to marry Pakistani student Azhar Ahmed, 22, when a ceremony at the city register office was raided.

Bradford Crown Court heard that Iqbal, of Ashdown Road, Agbrigg, Wakefield, was present at the ceremony and police found £600 on him.

Gabcova was jailed for 15 months. Ahmed, also of Ashdown Road, failed to turn up at court for his sentence.

All three defendants were found guilty of conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration following a trial at Leeds Crown Court in August.

Recorder Singh said he had read “glowing” references about Iqbal including one from the chairman of the mosque where he worked, but the judge said Iqbal had been a willing participant in the conspiracy.

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