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Ex-mayor of Luton in forced marriage police inquiry

Councillor Raja Saleem when he was mayor in 1999
Councillor Raja Saleem has been the mayor of Luton twice

A former mayor of Luton is being investigated for alleged involvement in a forced marriage.

Labour councillor Raja Saleem was suspended from Bedfordshire Police Authority by mutual consent over the allegations.

Now it has emerged that the two-time mayor is one of two people named in a Forced Marriage Protection Order.

The order was sought by the force on behalf of a 16-year-old Muslim girl. Mr Saleem denies any involvement.

He told the BBC he had no idea what he was supposed to have done and that he simply advised the family to contact the police for help.



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