Court annuls 11-year-old bride's marriage

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11 January 2005 , DUSSELDORF - A court in Germany has annulled the marriage of a 22-year-old Greek man and his 11-year-old bride. The man, who now faces charges of child abuse and rape of a minor, claimed he and the girl had been issued a valid marriage licence in Greece last August. When he recently sought German recognition of the purported marriage licence in order to qualify for tax benefits, stunned authorities contacted local police and child-welfare officials. The "bride" has now been placed in a sh

11 January 2005 

DUSSELDORF - A court in Germany has annulled the marriage of a 22-year-old Greek man and his 11-year-old bride.

The man, who now faces charges of child abuse and rape of a minor, claimed he and the girl had been issued a valid marriage licence in Greece last August.

When he recently sought German recognition of the purported marriage licence in order to qualify for tax benefits, stunned authorities contacted local police and child-welfare officials.

The "bride" has now been placed in a shelter for abused children.

DPA

Subject: German news

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