Verdict on custody of 2 Japanese children tomorrow
A Dhaka family court is set to deliver its judgement tomorrow over the custody of two children of Bangladesh-born US citizen Imran Sharif and his wife Japanese citizen Eriko Nakano.
Judge Durdana Rahman of Dhaka's Second Additional Assistant Judge and Family Court will give its judgement at 11:00am, said an official of the court.
After the closing arguments on January 22 this year, the same court set the date for passing an order on the issue.
The High Court on August 31, 2021, ordered Sharif and Nakano to live at a Gulshan flat together for 15 days with their two daughters.
The court had asked the Department of Social Services to look over the matter and the commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police is being asked to ensure the safety of the family.
The court finally came up with its order as the estranged couple failed to reach a consensus on where and with whom their two daughters -- Nakano Jasmine Malika (11) and Nakano Laila Lina (9) -- will live, in spite of repeated instructions from the court.
The Supreme Court, however, on February 13, 2022, said, until the disposal of the case by the family court, the two children will remain in the custody of their mother, while their father can visit them in the house.
In February 2021, Sharif filed a case with the family court for the custody of the two children.
On January 17 this year, the High Court in the full text of a verdict observed that the children's welfare should be considered first, and law should not be applied in relevant cases without their welfare and wellbeing.