Please Come to Court as an Observer to Support the Lawsuit!! (Mr. Suraj’s case)


Please Come to Court as an Observer to Support the Lawsuit!!
Eighth Trial Hearing
Date & time:Monday, February, 25, 2013 4:00pm~
Place:Tokyo District Court, Court Room #705

On March 22, 2010, Ghanaian citizen Abubakar Awudu Suraj, died as he was being deported from Japan. The deportation was carried out without Suraj’s consent and at government expense. Moreover, it is known that Immigration Department officials accompanying him used unauthorized items—such as handcuffs on legs, a towel, and nylon ties—to restrain him before he died.
The Ministry of Justice and the Immigration Bureau have not yet provided an official explanation as to how and why Suraj died. On August 5, 2011—in order to get closer to the truth behind Suraj’s death—Suraj’s widow launched a lawsuit claiming damages against the Japanese government and Immigration Department officials. Suraj regretted that he overstayed his visa, but he only wanted to live in Japan with his wife. Through this lawsuit, we aim to bring to light exactly why Suraj had to die.
At the next hearing, a proper claim is supposed to be handed out by the State, to support the decision of non prosecution of this year July. Since the beginning of trial one year and four months ago, the lawsuit will finally move forward.

Each observer in the court lends great power to this case. Please do come and join us. We look forward to seeing you there!