Trial of imam accused of conducting hundreds of sham marriages and laundering £1.8million collapses because Home Office officials didn’t get round to reading case files

A trial of an imam accused of conducting almost 600 sham marriages has collapsed – after prosecutors accused the Home Office of not completing vital paperwork.

Mohammed Mattar, 63, was due to stand trial two weeks ago over claims he conducted the ceremonies at an Islamic centre in Bayswater, west London.

But prosecutors said they were forced to offer no evidence after Home Office investigators failed to disclose vital information before a court time limit.

Accused: A trial of an imam accused of conducting almost 600 sham marriages at an Islamic centre in west London (believed to be the one above) has collapsed after an alleged bungle by the Home Office

Accused: A trial of an imam accused of conducting almost 600 sham marriages at an Islamic centre in west London (believed to be the one above) has collapsed after an alleged bungle by the Home Office

Mattar, of West Hampstead, north west London, had denied conspiring to facilitate a breach of UK immigration law between January 1, 2008 and July 12, 2012.

It was said he conducted 580 marriages between EU-resident women and non-EU men to help them win the right to stay permanently in Britain.

The alleged ceremonies were said to have taken place at the Dar Al Dawa Islamic Centre in Westbourne Grove.

Old images show an Islamic bookshop of the same name, but it has since closed down.

The Crown Prosecution Service dropped the case on September 18 after it had ‘no choice’ but to offer no evidence to a pre-trial hearing.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2812466/Trial-imam-accused-conducting-hundreds-sham-marriages-laundering-1-8million-collapses-Home-Office-officials-didn-t-round-reading-case-files.html#ixzz3HXJDcuH8

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