Turkish man stripped of Swiss nationality for polygamy

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A Turkish man who was granted Swiss nationality after marrying a Swiss woman must now return his passport as he has a second family in his country of origin, a Swiss court ruled Tuesday.

The man, who was married for 26 years to a Swiss, was found to have a partner in Turkey, with whom he had two daughters, the Swiss newswire ATS reported.

In 2003, he had obtained Swiss citizenship thanks to this marriage to the Swiss citizen.

His wife was aware of his second life in Turkey, but did not report it to authorities until about five years later.

In 2008, the Federal Office for Migration decided to strip him of his citizenship, a decision that has now been upheld by the Federal Administrative Tribunal.

© 2010 AFP

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