Sri Lankan woman's family files criminal complaint

The family of a Sri Lankan woman who died at an immigration facility in Japan has filed a criminal complaint against former senior immigration officials, accusing them of killing her.

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

The Immigration Services Agency released a final report in August admitting 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 her death.

Wishma's sister Poornima and a lawyer for the family lodged the complaint with the Nagoya District Public Prosecutors Office on Tuesday.

They allege that at least seven people, including the head of the regional immigration services bureau in Nagoya at the time, continued to detain Wishma without proper medical care despite her complaining of ill health, because they did not care if she died.

Poornima told reporters that when she saw a video showing her sister in the facility, she thought it would be apparent to anyone that Wishma was killed.

Poornima said all people involved with her sister at the facility should be held accountable.

Lawyer Ibusuki Shoichi said it was clear even from a small part of the video footage that Wishma was left to die when she could have been saved.

He added that it is impossible that no one will be held criminally responsible, given what the final report says.

The regional bureau declined to comment, saying it is in no position to answer questions.