A Ghanian family is suing the Japanese government and immigration authorities for allowing their relative to die during forced repatriation at Narita airport in March 2010. Immigration officials say that Abubakar Awudu Suraj, 45, was deported for overstaying his visa.
According to a report by TV Asahi, during the deportation, Suraj reportedly resisted and had to be restrained by up to nine immigration officers and airport officials. He died about 30 minutes later. In the suit, his Ghanian mother and Japanese widow claim he was the victim of an excessively violent suppression, involving multiple assailants and illegal restraining equipment.
The family's lawyers are seeking 136 million yen in damages in the suit filed with the Tokyo District Court. Interviewed by TV media, Suraj's widow said, "I have been mourning his loss for a year and a half now. I hope we can get some answers to the questions we have surrounding my husband's death."© Japan Today