Khalil Mamut, left, and Salahidin Abdulahad plan to obtain a legal marriage certificates. *File photos
Khalil Mamut, left, and Salahidin Abdulahad plan to obtain a legal marriage certificates. *File photos

FRIDAY, OCT. 5: Two of the island’s Uighurs who found love over the Internet have announced plans to marry their partners.

Khalil Mamut and Salahidin Abdulahad have already gone through religious ceremonies with their ‘wives’ under Islamic law.

Wives

But they are now going through the formal Bermudian channels to obtain a legal marriage certificate.

The two other Uighurs, Abdullah Abdulqadir, 33, and Huzaifa Parhat, 41, have already married their wives.

All four men arrived on the island in 2009 after being released from Guantanamo Bay under an agreement between the US Government and the then Premier Dr Ewart Brown.

Their story hit the headlines again when it featured in the New York Post at the weekend.

Marriage notices for Mr Mamut, 34, and Mr Abdulahad, 35, appeared in the legals section of this week’s Bermuda Sun.

The notices state that Mr Mamut of Paget intends to marry Amimigulu Aizezi, while Mr Abdulahad will marry Zulipiye Yahefu.

The two women, who are of Chinese descent, arrived on the island earlier this summer.

It is understood that they paid their own way, while the wives of Mr Abdulqadir and Mr Parhat were given financial help to get to Bermuda by the International Red Cross.

Happy

The two women have permission to reside in Bermuda but no application has been made by them to work or seek work.

The men’s lawyer, Richard Horseman, told the Bermuda Sun that all four were very happy to now have a family in Bermuda.

He added: “All four of these men were very keen to have families.

“Now that we have accomplished that the next step it to focus on trying to determine their status here by either citizenship and/or travelling documents.”