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Sri Lankan woman’s detention footage shown to lawmakers

  • December 24, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 10:33 p.m.
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Tokyo, Dec. 24 (Jiji Press)–Surveillance camera footage of a Sri Lankan woman who died in March during detention at an immigration facility in central Japan was shown to the Judicial Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, on Friday.
   
Opposition lawmakers who watched the footage in a closed setting said that parliament should hold intensive deliberations on the death of Wishma Sandamali, then 33, during an ordinary session that begins in January.
   
The video was six hours and 26 minutes long.
   
The footage showed officials from the Nagoya Regional Immigration Services Bureau in Aichi Prefecture repeatedly pushing food and medicine into the mouth of the bedridden woman, according to a member of the opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan.
   
“What the staff members were doing was torture and defies common sense,” the CDP member, Takeshi Shina, told reporters after viewing the footage. He called for intensive parliamentary deliberations on the issue.
   
At a press conference in Nagoya, Shoichi Ibusuki, a lawyer for Poornima, the sister of the Sri Lankan woman, said that the release of the footage after opposition demands was “a step forward.
   
Poornima, 27, said that she did not want anyone to feel the same suffering that she is going through.
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