13 January 2017

Melbourne imam faces court over girl's forced marriage to older man

A charge sheet tendered to Melbourne Magistrates Court alleges Mr Omerdic performed the ceremony at the Noble Park mosque on September 29 last year.

The 62-year-old fronted court on Friday and had his bail extended to return on February 3.

The 34-year-old man who was allegedly married is charged with the same offence as the imam, and also one count of sexual penetration of a child under 16.

He appeared before the court via video link, and was remanded in custody to the same date.

He began crying while the magistrate discussed the case with him.

The girl was in court. [The Age] Read more