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MR. JUSTICE COBB:
"That the Respondent father has knowledge or information pertaining to the whereabouts of the children. He has given differing accounts to the local authority and tipstaff."
"On the way Dacca … need more 6 hour."
There is then a selection of photographs one of which is of Shahed in a car. On the following day, the 9th March, the father sent a message to his nephew, Shahed, which includes this phrase, "Anyway, tell my sister-in-law [the word in Sylhet was Babi, and the father told me that he could not say that it was not a reference to his wife] to enjoy the sex I could not give".
"I'm so stupid and naïve that everything was happening in front of my eyes but did not see. Anyway, I hope you are getting enough now because you have a lot of load to offload if you get my drift. Anyway, enjoy the passionate making out and don't worry you get pregnant because I've taken the long-term precaution … Love you still."
He goes on:
"Good luck with your new good looking husband and please don't bullshit me that it was just a phase because I know that you got married to this guy."
In the early hours of the following morning, the 12th March, about eight or nine hours or so before the Police went to the father's property, the father texted the mother again.
"I can't believe you forgot. I went out begging for money because we didn't have any after doing all this for you. You still deceive me. I hope it was worth it …"
And then two minutes later:
"Sorry for all the trouble I've caused you so forgive me, my love."
(a) first, that the father has himself admitted to believing that the children and the mother were abroad in Bangladesh as early as Tuesday, the 11th March. His text messages to the mother are clear evidence of this.
(b) In fact I find that the father, beyond reasonable doubt, suspected that they were in Bangladesh before that time.
(c) I further find that the father had received and seen the photograph of Samira (taken in Bangladesh) on the 11th March shortly after it had arrived, certainly well before the Police attended at his home.
(d) I find that the father deliberately misled the Police in declining to assist in disclosing what was a high probability in his own mind that the children and the mother were in Bangladesh at the time that they questioned him about it.