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Two more arrests in sham marriage case

Police have made two more arrests as they continue to investigate an apparent ring that secured forged documents to facilitate sham weddings between third country nationals and EU citizens.  The two men are aged 43 and 32.

This brings the total number of arrests to eight. Six others  —  three women aged 33, 27 and 19 and three men aged 47, 25 and 24 — are already in  custody and police are understood to be looking for several more.

The investigation concerns a case of conspiracy to forge documents with intent to facilitate third country nationals to enter the Republic of Cyprus.

As part of their investigations, police have found that in the case of 13 civil weddings between EU citizens and third country nationals carried out at one municipality, the work contracts submitted with the personal files were forged. Police did not name the municipality

Police have secured testimony against 27 people, including the two men aged 43 and 32 who were arrested in Nicosia on Sunday afternoon.

The case is being investigated by police headquarters.

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