SC: 2 Japan-born girls to stay with Japanese mother for 2 days

The Supreme Court on Sunday directed that the two children of Bangladeshi-born US citizen Imran Sharif and Japanese mother Nakano Erico will stay with their mother for two days on December 13 and 14.

The court also asked to present the two girls before the court on December 15 for the next hearing on the custody case.

An Appellate Division bench of five justices led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order.

On November 21, the HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman ruled that the Japan-born daughters of Imran and Erico will stay with their father.

However, the mother can exclusively meet the daughters, aged 11 and 10, three times a year for 10 days at a time and Imran, the father, will bear her travel and accommodation expenses, said the court.

If Eriko wants to meet her children beyond the court-prescribed time she has to do it at her own expenses, the court said.

Imran was also instructed to allow the children to talk to their mother on video calls twice a month on holidays.

Following the writ petition, the High Court also ordered Imran to give Tk 10 lakh to Eriko for the expenses she incurred to travel to Dhaka and stay here within seven days.

The concerned social service officer has been directed to continue monitoring the development regarding the children and submit a report to the Registrar of the High Court on the issue of children every three months.

However, the high court has rejected the writ petition filed by Imran seeking directions to produce their third and youngest daughter, who is in Japan.

After 12 years of marriage, on January 18, Erico, a physician, appealed for divorce from Engineer Imran Sharif over marital dispute.

On January 28, she also filed a case with a Tokyo family court for custody of their three children.

But On February 21, Imran returned to Bangladesh with the first two girls fom Japan. After that a Japanese court passed a verdict giving the children under their mother’s custody.

On August 19, Erico filed a writ petition before the High Court here seeking custody of the two girls.

Source: United News of Bangladesh