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Second arrest in sham marriages case in Larnaca (updated)

Police have detained two men on suspicion of organising sham marriages in Larnaca.

Police initially arrested a 50-year-old man from Bulgaria after a 20-year-old foreign woman reported that she and another woman, 23, were approached by unknown persons who offered the €2,500 and persuaded them to come to Cyprus for the purpose of marrying.

Upon their arrival early in August, the 50-year-old took them to a house which the two women asked to leave after a week. He allegedly refused to let them go or give them their travel documents.

According to the woman, he then transferred them to another location and forced the 23-year-old to contact a man and marry him in September. She said the suspect kept the remuneration.

The 50-year-old was arrested on Monday evening and on Tuesday he was remanded in custody for eight days.

Later Tuesday, police arrested a 35-year-old Indian man in connection with the same case. He is expected to be brought before a court on Wednesday.

 

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