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NRIs arrested in sham wedding raid in UK
Report dated 26/07/2013 @ 1:33 PM
A UK home office enforcement team arrested eight Indian and Pakistani men aged between 27 and 40, just before six sham weddings were to be held at a registration office in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The raids are part of Britain's crackdown on sham weddings that are used to gain legal residency in the country.
Six of the men have been detained pending removal from the UK and the remaining two must report regularly to the Home Office while their pending immigration cases are concluded. The identities of the men have not been released. The brides-to-be were from Romania, the Czech Republic and the UK. They have been interviewed and released.
Sham marriages or civil partnerships typically occur when a non-European national marries someone from the European Economy Area as a means of attempting to get residency as well as the right to work and claim benefits in the UK.
Honeymoon murder suspect Dewani to be extradited to S Africa
Report dated 25/07/2013 @ 11:17 AM
UK NRI Shrien Dewani, 33, accused of plotting the murder of his Swedish-born Indian wife during their honeymoon in 2010, is to be extradited from Britain to South Africa to stand trial. The judge at Westminster Magistrates' Court said it would not be unjust to extradite him.
Bristol based businessman Dewani who denies any involvement in his wife's murder was seeking to delay his extradition on account of his mental health. His lawyers now have 14 days to appeal against the extradition order. He has been diagnosed with depression and has been receiving treatment at a hospital. His lawyers expressed concerns he would be a high suicide risk if he returned to that country.
His wife Anni Dewani, 31, was shot when a taxi in which the couple were travelling was hijacked near Cape Town while the couple were on their honeymoon. She was found dead in the back of the abandoned vehicle with a bullet wound to her neck. Dewani and the driver were ejected from the car before Anni was driven away and killed.
South African authorities who have been seeking Dewani's extradition since 2010 welcomed the ruling.
US NRI Catholic priest charged with sexual contact with child
Report dated 17/07/2013 @ 10:44 AM
Father Leo Koppala from Andhra Pradesh was arrested in the US on charges of having sexual contact with a child under 13. He was released on bail of $75,000 from the Faribault County Jail in Minnesota where he had spent a month.
In June the 47-year-old priest was invited for supper to the place where the child lived, and according to the complainant, he kissed the girl on the lips and cheeks and touched her private parts. He also told the child he loved her. The adult in the house corroborated the account.
Before he served in the Blue Earth church in Minnesota, he was known for his fund raising activities to help the poor and orphaned children in Andhra Pradesh.
Bahrain NRI stabs wife, slits own throat
Report dated 11/07/2013 @ 5:37 PM
Smijo Paulose stabbed his wife of just two months Sanitha Chandy George to death, also stabbed a brother-in-law Reiji David, then committed suicide by slashing his own throat.
Reports say the couple often quarreled over their relationship and a recent abortion precipitated the arguments, resulting in the wife relocating to her sister's home where the tragic incident took place.
Paulose a staff nurse from Kerala worked at the Bahrain Health Ministry, and Sanitha worked in a psychiatric hospital.
Another US NRI charged for violence and dowry harassment
Report dated 05/07/2013 @ 2:30 PM
T Harish Reddy husband of Priya has been charged with domestic violence and dowry harassment in a complaint filed by her father Dr B Keshav Reddy of Hyderabad.
Harish is a resident of Secunderabad and has been working in the US for some years, where the wedding was held three years ago. Several lakhs in cash, gold, silver and wedding expenses were provided by the wife's parents, but the husband was not satisfied.
Harish allegedly took his wife to America but soon began harassing her about the issue of dowry, and threatened her with divorce.
When Harish made a recent trip to India Dr Reddy tried to meet with him but Harish refused.
The wife and her father then registered a criminal complaint against Harish who has been summoned by the police.