Eriko Nakano. – Photo New Age
The High Court on Thursday asked a father to bring his two US-born children to court on August 31 as their now estranged Japanese mother traveled to Bangladesh recently to seek custody of her underage children .
The court also asked the interior minister and immigration police at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka not to allow the father, Imran Sharif, and the two minors aged 9 to 11 to leave. Bangladesh for the next 30 days.
An online bench of Judge M Enayetur Rahim and Judge Md Mostafizur Rahman delivered the ruling after hearing a written petition filed by the Japanese mother on Thursday.
The father and two minors returned from Japan to Bangladesh on February 18, awaiting hearings in a family lawsuit in a Japanese court since January 28 regarding child custody and divorce proceedings requested by Eriko Nakano on January 18. January, his lawyer Shishir Manir told the court.
The lawyer said the father picked the minors from their schools on January 21 and detained them before flying to Bangladesh. The Japanese Family Court issued a verdict on May 21 and asked the father to return the children to the mother’s custody.
The court also asked the government, the father and his sister Amina Jebin to explain in two weeks why the minors would not be brought to court for its satisfaction at not having been illegally detained.
The lawyer told the court that Eriko Nakano visited Bangladesh on July 18 and stayed at the Japanese embassy in Bangladesh and tested for Covid five times to see her children on terms set by her ex-husband .
She was allowed to see her children for a few moments on July 27 in a place where she was taken by her ex-husband blindfolded. She was taken to her children by car and returned to where she boarded the car.
Eriko Nakano told reporters inside the courtroom that she had traveled to Bangladesh, leaving behind another of her 6-year-old daughters in Japan.
She said the couple, both U.S. and Japanese doctors and citizens, married in the United States on July 11, 2008, and Eriko Nakano filed for divorce on January 18, 2021 while in Japan.
The couple gave birth to their first baby in 2010 and second baby in 2011 and the third in 2014.