Melbourne magistrate’s court has charged two men for facilitating a forced marriage.
Muslim cleric Imam Ibrahim Omerdic is accused of conducting marriage of a 34-year-old Mohammad Shakir with a 16-year-old at Nobel Park on 29th September 2016, causing a minor to enter a forced marriage.
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The case, backed with evidence from a DVD of the ceremony, charges Shakir for sexual penetration of a minor and being party to a forced marriage.
The 61 year-old cleric was granted bail while Shakir remains in custody until 3rd February, when the case resumes.
This article originally appeared in The Guardian.