Decision over sham marriage fixer still not reached

Vladymyr Buchak
Vladymyr Buchak

THE DECISION over whether to deport illegal immigrant and sham marriage fixer Vladymyr Buchak has still not been finalised six months after his release from prison.

Buchak was jailed in July 2010 for his part in the largest marriage scam of its kind ever brought to court, which saw 360 bogus marriages take place over a four-year period, at St Peter’s Church, St Leonards.

He was released from prison after serving half of a four-year sentence, and despite the judge at Lewes Crown recommending he be deported, and the UK Border Authority opposing his release from the detention centre, he has been out on bail since July 14 last year.

A preliminary immigration and asylum tribunal hearing took place in London last Friday, January 6. But a spokesperson for the court and tribunals service said that the case had been adjourned, and a date for a new hearing had not yet been set.

Buchak, from the Ukraine, had been living illegally in the UK under a false name since 2004.

Around the time of his release, Hastings MP Amber Rudd spoke of her outrage that Buchak had not been deported after committing a major crime, after it appeared that he had returned to St Leonards.