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


Mr. Suraj
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.

In the next hearing, we can witness the questioning to four of the immigration department officials who leaded Mr. Suraj to his death. They have never appeared in the court before despite they are defendants. Please take one day off and come to the court.

Eleventh Trial Hearing *Only in Japanese
Date & time:Friday, Sep 13th, 2013 10am~5pm
Place:Tokyo District Court, Court Room #706

*This time, admission ticket is required to come into the court. Please make sure to come to the 2nd distributing point at the main entrance of Tokyo District Court to join the lottery by 9:40 am.(Please check the information of admission ticket in the website of the court http://www.courts.go.jp/tokyo/kengaku/, because it is possible to change the distributing point and time)