Four men have been charged with forcibly marrying a 16 year old girl to a 23 year old man. The marriage was carried out March 2009 in the Oslo suburb of Skedsmo. The girl's family gave their blessings to the marriage.

The case against the men - aged 23, 44, 47 and 49 - is based on the girl's statement. Dagbladet has learned that the four Iraqi defendants denied the charges.

According to prosecutor Olav Helge Thue the girl was forced to answer questions as part of a religious marriage ceremony. An imam, who has not been charged, conducted the ceremony.

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