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Rev Nathan Ntege Survives The Lying Border Police But Is Wounded By The Daily Mail’s Hatchet

by | 24th, October 2014

ARE the police delibertely stupid? The trial of a vicar accued of presideing over sham marriages has collapsed. Why? Well, the judge thought the ‘The UK Border Agency officers “deliberately concealed important evidence and lied on oath”.  Officers have been suspended from their duties.

The Times :

The trial of a vicar who had denied conducting almost 500 sham marriages has collapsed after a judge ruled that immigration officers lied on oath. The Rev Nathan Ntege and the verger and secretary of his church were accused of being part of a “conveyor belt” of bogus weddings to allow foreign brides and grooms to remain in Britain.

Brides allegedly shared wedding dresses as the number of ceremonies at St Jude with St Aidan in Thornton Heath, south London, increased from six a year to as many as six a day. The trial, at Inner London Crown Court, was stopped after six weeks of prosecution evidence when Judge Nic Madge said that there had “been both bad faith and serious misconduct on the part of the prosecution” during the trial of seven people.

And this:

The judge asked whether it was appropriate that Maggie Harkins, an immigration officer, had been put in charge of the case as she had posted “Peppa Pig against Muslims” on her Facebook page.

Rev. Ntege tells  Channel 4 News :

“Most of them were legitimate. I don’t say we weren’t duped – there were a few who tried to use the advantage – but whenever they were caught, we reported it to the diocese, the Home Office and the police.”

The Daily Mail and Daily Mirror focuses on elements of the case that the Times does not.

They tell readers that the innocent vicar was born in Uganda. The Mail  says he came for a meeting and claimed asylum, which was granted:

The vicar was ‘fast-tracked’ into the post because officials were desperate to

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