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Five-day remand for four suspected of sham marriage (Updated)

Larnaca court on Wednesday issued a five-day remand against four people, a Romanian woman, a Nigerian man and two Indian men suspected of engaging in a sham marriage at the local municipality.

The four, three men aged 41, 26 and 22 and a 23-year-old woman were arrested on Tuesday outside the town hall.

According to prosecutors, one of the two Indian men approached the Nigerian man in Kiti and suggested they could help him stay legally in Cyprus if he got married.

They asked him for €5,000. According to Larnaca Press, he brought them €2,500 and one of the Indian men duly filed the papers and arranged the marriage.

The Romanian woman was to fly in, and she would receive €900 plus expenses during her stay. The other Indian man reportedly said he was just helping his friend out. The court heard that police found €3,800 in his possession.

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