Sri Lankan woman's family sends letter to Kishida

The family of a Sri Lankan woman who died at an immigration facility in Japan has sent a letter to Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, calling for full accountability of the incident.

Wishma Sandamali, aged 33, died in March at the facility in Nagoya, central Japan. She had been detained there for overstaying her visa.

The Immigration Services Agency released a final report in August citing that the facility lacked a system for providing proper medical care to detainees. But her family is not accepting the report as a sufficient explanation of events leading up to Wishma's death.

Wishma's sister Poornima, who is visiting Japan, and a lawyer for the family said on Wednesday they sent a letter to Kishida.

In the letter, she demands that the immigration authorities admit their responsibility for the incident. The family said the letter also includes their strong wish for improvements in the treatment of detainees.

Poornima said she wants Prime Minister Kishida to understand the suffering of the bereaved family and wants to know why her sister died.

Lawyer Ibusuki Shoichi said he wants Kishida to listen, noting that the prime minister stated that he wants to become a leader who listens to the voices of many people.

The family on Wednesday visited the Nagoya District Public Prosecutors Office and demanded that the law enforcement body investigate the incident as a criminal case.