Tokyo court rules deportation of two Lankans unconstitutional

Tokyo court rules deportation of two Lankans unconstitutional

Tokyo court rules deportation of two Lankans unconstitutional

Written by Amani Nilar

23 Sep, 2021 | 11:32 am

(News 1st): The Tokyo High Court today (22) ruled that Japanese immigration authorities’ actions involving two Sri Lankan men were unconstitutional.

The relevant ruling was filed by two Sri Lankan men, who claimed that they were deported, having been denied refugee status, without enough time to take legal action.

The two had filed a lawsuit against the Japanese Government seeking a total of ¥10 million in compensation, and the Court ordered the country to pay a total of ¥600,000 in compensation.

Judge Yutaka Hirata said that the immigration authorities “violated the right to a trial, as guaranteed under Article 32 of Japan’s Constitution” and that the way they handled the matter was “illegal” in terms of the state redress law.

According to a lawyer representing the plaintiffs, the ruling was the first in which a Japanese court has handed down a judgment of unconstitutionality in a case involving the deportation of a foreign national.

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