The Supreme Court today directed that two children, Nakano Jasmine Malika (12) and Nakano Laila Lina (10), who were brought from Japan to Bangladesh in February last year by their father, Bangladesh born US citizen Imran Sharif, will stay in the custody of their mother Japanese citizen Nakano Eriko.
The apex court also declared the detention of the children by Imran Sharif illegal.
Jasmine and Laila will remain in custody of their mother Eriko until the family court concerned in Dhaka disposes of the lawsuit lodged by Imran on February 28 last year seeking custody of the minors.
Imran can visit them at convenient times, on consensus with Eriko, the Appellate Division of the SC said in the order.
The family court has been directed to settle the lawsuit in three months from the date of receiving the Appellate Division order.
The apex court also scrapped the HC verdict and order on the case.
A full bench of the Appellate Division of the SC headed by Chief Justice Hasan Foez Siddique passed the order following an appeal filed by Eriko against a High Court verdict on the issue.
Lawyers Ajmalul Hossain, Ahsanul Karim and Mohammed Shishir Manir appeared for Eriko while lawyers Fida M Kamal and Fawzia Karim Firoze stood for Imran during virtual hearing on the appeal earlier.
Eriko is now staying at a hotel in Dhaka’s Baridhara area with her daughters Jasmine and Laila, her lawyer Mohammad Shishir Manir told The Daily Star.