Man had Islamic divorce but not civil divorce before third marriage

A businessman has pleaded guilty after he went through a bigamous third “marriage.”

Magistrates heard Haroon Lorgat had an Islamic ceremony in Morocco.

He went on to have a civil marriage in the UK while he was still married to his second wife.

Lorgat used the divorce papers from his first marriage to convince the registrar he was free to marry.

Lorgat, 52, pleaded guilty to marrying Nadia Denjelloun whilst already married.

He was committed on bail to Preston Crown Court to be sentenced on April 30.

Lorgat and Miss Denjelloun married in March 2002 at Accrington register office.

She filed for divorce 10 years later and during those proceedings it transpired he was still married to his second wife.

Jonathan Taylor, defending, said his client and his second wife had separated in 1999 and went through a Talaq, a Muslim dissolving of the marriage in 2001.

Taylor said, “It was also decided they would dissolve the civil marriage.

“My client accepts that because of all that was going on in his life at the time and, because it was an amicable separation, no pressure was placed on him to ensure the civil divorce went through.”

Mr Taylor added,

“He accepts that he entered into the civil marriage without bringing to an end the second marriage. He had fallen in love with the lady and didn’t want anything to happen to stop them being together.”