2 Japanese children banned from leaving country, ordered to appear in HC
Published: 04:33 PM, 19 August 2021 Updated: 04:33 PM, 19 August 2021
Two Japanese children Jasmine Malika, Laila Lina and their mother Nakano Erico; Photo: Collected
The High Court today has banned two Japanese children Jasmine Malika and Laila Lina from leaving the country for a month. Besides, they have been directed to appear in court on August 31.
The High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Mostafizur Rahman passed the order on Thursday.
The OCs of Gulshan and Adabar police stations have been asked to implement the directive.
Advocate Mohammad Shishir Monir appeared for the writ petition. Deputy Attorney General Bipul Bagmar, on the other hand, represented the state.
Earlier on Thursday morning, Japanese doctor Nakano Erico, 46, filed a Habeas Corpus in the High Court seeking directions to present her two daughters in court.
Nakano Erico wanted instructions to take her daughters under her custody.
On this day, the writ petition was filed in the High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Mostafizur Rahman — Supreme Court lawyer Mohammad Shishir Monir filed the writ petition on behalf of Japanese woman Nakano Erico.
Lawyer Shishir Monir said Nakano Erico, a Japanese doctor, and Bangladeshi-American citizen Sharif Imran, 58, got married in 2008 under Japanese law. The couple has three daughters — Jasmine Malika, 11, Laila Lina, 10, and Sania Hena, 7. All three were students at the American School in Japan in Chofu city, Tokyo.
“The couple got divorced on 18 January 2021,” Lawyer Shishir Monir also said. “On January 21, Imran appealed to the American School in Japan to take his daughter Jasmine Malika under his custody, however, the school authorities rejected Imran’s request as Erico did not agree to the terms.”
Shishir Monir added that Sharif Imran, through his lawyer, applied to Erico on January 25 to hand over the daughters’ passports. But Erico “rejected the request and filed a lawsuit” with Tokyo’s Family Court on January 28 seeking an order to take daughters into her custody.
On February 9, Imran made new passports for his daughters based on “false information”, Lawyer Shishir Monir said, adding that Imran moved to Bangladesh via Dubai with Jasmine Malika and Laila Lina on February 21.
Meanwhile, on May 31, Tokyo’s Family Court ordered to hand over Jasmine Malika and Laila Lina to the custody of their mother, Erico, however, as the two daughters are currently in Bangladesh, Erico consulted with a Bangladeshi human rights activist and lawyer.
Then on July 17, Erico came to Bangladesh via Sri Lanka to meet her daughters, however, she was given the opportunity on July 27 blindfolded.
In such a situation, Japanese doctor Nakano Erico filed a writ petition with the High Court to get her two daughters into her custody.