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Woman shocked to find she is already married

WHEN Chen Xiaoyun went to get her marriage certificate with her fiance, the Changning District Civil Affairs Bureau told her she had been married for two years.

A police investigation found out that Chen's friend had stolen her identity card, and registered for marriage under her name.

Yesterday Changning District People's Court ruled that the district's civil affair bureau cancel the marriage because of the identity theft.

Chen had intended to get married on May 8, but records showed she had obtained the marriage certificate on April 1, 2008, with a man named Li Ping.

Chen recalled that her identity card went missing after her friend, Zhang Xia, visited her in August 2007.

"On that day she complained about her lover," Chen told the court. "After she left, I found my identity card was missing. But at that time I didn't pay much attention to it, and just applied for a new one."

After her visit to the civil affairs bureau, Chen called the police who found Zhang and detained her for five days. Zhang confessed that her mother-in-law had expected her son to marry a Shanghai woman. Zhang, an Anhui Province native, thought she could pretend to be Shanghainese with Chen's card.

Officials with the civil affairs bureau said they didn't have the right to cancel the marriage between "Chen" and Li under the law, unless one of the couple had been forced into it. At the time of the marriage it didn't know that Chen was actually Zhang.

Chen had to launch a lawsuit against the bureau and the court ruled that as she hadn't been present when the certificate was issued then the marriage was invalid and could be canceled.


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