The case against south London reverend Nathan Ntege, accused of carrying out hundreds of “sham marriages”, collapsed spectacularly last week.
Judge Nic Madge said, “Officers at the heart of this prosecution have deliberately concealed important evidence and lied on oath.”
When Ntege was arrested the tabloids splashed the story, reporting a “conveyor belt” of weddings.
They have hardly covered the case being thrown out.
Ntege arrived as a refugee from Uganda in 1996. The judge said the prosecution should not be allowed to benefit from the “serious misbehaviour” of officers.