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Man pleads guilty to marrying child bride in Victoria.

A 34-year-old man and the 14-year-old bride he illegally married have both cried in a Melbourne court as he pleaded guilty to his crime.

Mohammad Shakir pleaded guilty to going through a formal ceremony of marriage with a person not of marriageable age at Noble Park last September, reports 7 news.

The “wedding” was conducted by former imam, Ibrahim Omerdic.

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Shakir, who has been in custody for six months, shed tears after entering his plea during what was to be a pre-trial committal hearing.

He was helped in court by a Burmese interpreter.

The complainant, who was in court, also wiped tears from her eyes.

The imam who oversaw the ceremony, Ibrahim Omerdic, 61, is charged with conduct that caused a minor to enter into a forced marriage at Noble Park on September 29 last year.

The Muslim cleric, who was Imam of the Bosnian Islamic Society and Noble Park Mosque, has since been sacked.

The Board of Imams Victoria issued a statement against forced and child marriages.

“Underage marriages are illegal in Australia. As Australian Muslims we are required to observe and respect the laws of Australia,” the statement said.

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  • this is horrible that they didn’t care about the young girl and shameful to not uphold the laws of this country.

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  • Pleased to hear that the imam has been sacked. This should never be allowed to happen here in Aust.

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  • Not only that, sex under a certain age is illegal in Australia too.
    I know a girl and her boyfriend checked it out in SA and were told the legal age

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  • Unfortunately I think there are a lot more happening that aren’t caught

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  • I am glad that something has been done. Underage marriage to an older spouse is not a good thing

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  • It is very wrong and not the Australian way.

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  • It’s sad that this kind of thing is now on our doorstep

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  • Just disgusting! There are so many more men marrying children into these marriages. We need to get them out of Australia

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