Thursday, August 06, 2015
A multicultural fraud in Britain
A sham marriage 'fixer' who paid a fake bride £2,000 to stage a mock wedding has today been jailed for 18 months.
Armand Djedje, 31, was caught when he tried to help bogus groom Devine Abanda, 27, from Cameroon, marry a French bigamist so he could stay in Britain.
Djedje set up the sham wedding at the register office in Winchester, Hampshire, involving already twice-married Olivia Godefroy and Abanda.
But they were led away in handcuffs minutes before their ceremony was due to take place in February last year and Djedje's sham marriage racket was smashed.
Jurors heard he had organised two other fake weddings involving Frenchwoman Godefroy, where she married a man in December 2012 in Wood Green, London.
She then walked down the aisle with Diedonna Ateh in Wandsworth, London in January 2014, after being promised £2,000 by Djedje, Winchester Crown Court heard.
And following a trial, Abanda was convicted of conspiracy to 'facilitate obtaining leave to remain in the UK by deception' by marrying Godefroy, 22.
Godefroy admitted the conspiracy and bigamy at a previous hearing.
The gang were jailed for conspiring to arrange the sham marriage.
Godefroy was given 12 months for the conspiracy and 15 months for bigamy, to run concurrently, suspended for two years.
Abanda was jailed for 15 months, minus the 207 days already served in custody.
Djedje, of the Ivory Coast, was handed 18 months, less the 216 days already served.
The fourth member of the gang 31-year-old Olivier Attie from Belgium failed to show up for the verdict and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He still remains at large and his whereabouts and real identity are currently unknown.
He said: 'I'm satisfied that the centre of this conspiracy was you, Armand Djedje. 'You knew that you had Miss Godefroy that you could use. She had the requisite of European credentials and you were not in the slightest bit worried that she had been married before.
'You, Mr Abanda, wanted to have those advantages of being married to someone with a European nationality. 'It was quite clear you had the money and Mr Djedje had the potential bride. It was a rather squalid story that lay behind these offences; to earn money dishonestly.
'The offences comprise an attack on the sanctity of marriage.'
A Home Office spokesman said: 'The criminal gangs who try to dupe our immigration laws will not escape justice, as this case shows.
'Since 2010, we have done more than any government before to clamp down on those seeking to abuse the UK's immigration system.
'Last year, our investigators intervened in more than 2,900 suspected sham marriages.
'The Immigration Act 2014, which became law last year, gives us a much stronger platform to identify, disrupt and deter marriages which are not genuine.'
Social worker's jargon is like a foreign language, says angry judge as he calls for reports to be written in language that everyone involved can understand
And he tossed out her submission
A social worker’s report for a family court hearing was so riddled with jargon it ‘might as well have been written in a foreign language’, a judge said.
Tina Pugh’s paper, about a woman seeking to care for two young children, included phrases such as ‘imbued with ambivalence’ and ‘having many commonalities emanating from their histories’.
Judge Jeremy Lea said that while he thought he knew what the social worker was trying to say, her report would probably be baffling to the woman it was actually about.
He added: ‘Reports by experts are not written solely for the benefit of other professionals, the advocates and the judge.
‘The parents and other litigants need to understand what is being said and why.’ The woman, identified only by the initials SH, had asked to bring up two young children who were born to a teenage mother in a violent relationship.
One of the children may be her grandchild, the family court in Nottingham heard.
Miss Pugh was called in to produce an independent report to add to the work of Derbyshire social services. She recommended that the children should not go to the woman.
Jargon-filled passages picked out by the judge included: ‘I do not intend to address the couple’s relationship suffice to say it is imbued with ambivalence: both having many commonalities emanating from their histories that create what could be a long lasting connection of alternative relationships that are a reflection of this. ‘Such is this connection that they may collude to undermine the placement.’
Another said: ‘In narrowing down the issues SH clearly believes that paternity issues had a significant interplay on [the woman’s son’s] ability to say no to the mother.’
A third confusing passage read: ‘Due to SH’s apparent difficulties identifying the concerns, I asked her to convey a narrative about her observations.’ Faced with this particular section, the judge said: ‘What would be wrong in saying, “I asked her to tell me?”’
Judge Lea added: ‘I suspect, as far as SH was concerned, these passages might just as well have been written in a foreign language.
‘Did [Miss Pugh] discuss issues with SH in a language she would understand? SH is, and I am sure she will forgive me for saying so, a simple soul.
‘She does not have a large vocabulary but speaks in plain language and would not readily comprehend a lot of what Tina Pugh has written about her.’
The judge said Miss Pugh had based her report on two meetings with the woman and on case papers. She did not meet the two young children, aged four and two, nor did she meet other family members.
Miss Pugh also criticised SH for failing to ‘familiarise herself with the paperwork’ when in fact she had never been given the case papers.
The judge decided that SH should be given the chance to raise the children – who would otherwise be put up for adoption – saying her parenting abilities ‘should not be judged by some stellar standard’.
He added: ‘Society must be willing to tolerate very diverse standards of parenting which include the barely adequate and the inconsistent. ‘Public authorities cannot improve on nature.’
Woman champions gender equality FOR MEN by staging provocative photos of her working in ‘demeaning’ male jobs
We're used to calls for greater equality for women in the workplace, but one woman believes that it is men who are facing the biggest challenge at work.
The unnamed woman from Guangzhou has posed in a series of provocative photographs to campaign for more respect for men in blue collar jobs.
The pictures released today show her posing as a butcher, construction worker and car mechanic as part of her crusade for gender equality for men, reported the People's Daily Online.
Women in China get half the day off work on International Women's Day on March 8, but men do not have a similar holiday.
The young activist said that there should be a National Men's Day on August 3 in order to support men in jobs they believe to be 'demeaning'.
She said: 'Though August 8 is not a national holiday, I call on girls to give their boyfriends or husbands a day off as a way to support "Men's Day".'
She added that men and women should be respected equally and have the same opportunities.
The campaign photographs feature the woman doing a range of traditionally male jobs while wearing shorts and a crop top.
Anti-White Racial Discrimination in DC
A former District of Columbia official brought in to help straighten out mismanagement at the Department of Public Works is suing the city, claiming he was harassed, intimidated and then fired for being white.
The former city worker says he was repeatedly called “cracker” and “white boy” by black members of the department while in the presence of other managers. On his last day on the job as a deputy fleet administrator, Christopher Lyons said he found a sign on his door that said, “Get Out White Boy!”
Lyons is suing the city for wrongful termination, claiming he was the victim of racial discrimination. He also believes he was targeted because he uncovered financial flaws and reported cover-ups. He’s suing his former employers for back pay and then some.
“I am surprised [the racial discrimination] happened at this level of government,” his lawyer Morris Fischer told FoxNews.com. “We’re all Americans. We all have to treat each other the same, and we have to put aside whatever differences we have.”
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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