A Japanese woman, who came to Bangladesh for a legal battle over custody of her two daughters, now wants to remarry Bangladeshi citizen Imran Sharif for betterment of the children.
Erico Nakamo, the 46-year old doctor from Tokyo, wants to go back to Japan with her two children -- Jasmine Malika, 11, Laila Lina, 10,-- and Imran Sharif, forgetting all the differences and arrogance.
Advocate Mohammad Shishir Manir, lawyer of the Japanese woman, confirmed the matter to the media on Tuesday (September 28). He said, “We placed the proposal to Imran through his lawyer Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud. Erico Nakamo now wants to restart conjugal life with Imran, considering the bright future and welfare of their children. We will place the matter before the court.”
On September 16, the High Court directed the lawyers concerned to settle the custodial dispute between Bangladeshi father Imran Sharif and Japanese mother Erico Nakamo over their two daughters within 12 days.
Imran’s senior lawyer Rokanuddin Mahmud and Erico Nakamo’s lawyer Mohammad Shishir Manir were asked to meet and come to an amicable settlement over the matter by September 28.
The High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman delivered the order.
Dr Erico Nakamo arrived in Bangladesh on July 18 and began legal battle for custody of the two children. On August 19, she filed a writ petition with the High Court, seeking the court’s directive to produce the children before the court.
The Japanese woman also sought directive of the higher court to take custody of her two child daughters from their Bangladeshi father Sharif Imran.
The court then asked the authorities concerned to present the two children in court on August 31. It also asked Imran not to leave the country for the next one month.
On August 22, a team of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police took both the children into their custody.
On August 23, Advocate Fawzia Karim, a lawyer of Imran, drew the attention of the court about the matter. The High Court then asked the authorities concerned to keep the two children at the Tejgaon Victim Support Centre in a good environment until August 31. During this period, their father and mother could visit them.
Meanwhile, both the girls appeared before the court along with their aunt on August 31. The two judges of the HC bench talked to the children privately and issued an order to keep them in hotels.
According to Advocate Shishir Manir, the couple was divorced on January 18 in 2021. On January 21, Sharif Imran appealed to the Japanese school authorities to take his daughter Jasmine Malika away. However, the school authorities had rejected his application as Dr Erico Nakamo did not agree in this regard.
Later, Sharif Imran picked up Jasmine Malika and Laila Lina while they were on their way home from school and came to Bangladesh with them on February 21.
Against this backdrop, the Japanese woman has moved to Bangladesh and started a legal battle.