Melbourne imam guilty of marrying child bride

A MELBOURNE Imam has been found guilty of marrying a 14-year-old child bride in a secret Islamic ceremony.

Ibrahim Omerdic is understood to be the first person to be found guilty of a forced marriage charge since the practice was criminalised in 2013.

Imam Ibrahim Omerdic.
Imam Ibrahim Omerdic. Nicole Garmston

Omerdic married the child bride to a man more than 20 years her senior in an undercover ceremony recorded by the groom.

The young teen was married in exchange for a $1480 dowry and told it was her duty to obey her husband.

In the disturbing footage Omerdic is heard telling the girl: "If (your husband) is happy with something, do it. If (your husband) is not happy with something, don't do it."

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