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Relatives of an Iranian man who died in an immigration detention facility in 1997 are demanding an investigation into why public prosecutors chose not to charge eight bureau officials with assault resulting in death.

Their lawyer said the relatives filed a petition with the Tokyo No. 1 Committee for the Inquest of Prosecution after receiving new information in October from another Iranian detainee, who claimed the man stopped moving after being assaulted by staff at the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau.

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