Immigration blamed for elderly woman's death
August 24, 2005
IMMIGRATION officials are facing possible legal action after being accused of contributing to the death of an elderly Syrian woman seeking to extend a visitor visa due to ill health.
Melbourne GP Dr Chris Towie said 79-year-old Azize Agha died of a heart attack on August 10, two days after being forced by officials to travel 30 minutes into the city for a medical examination.
He said he had written to the department, warning it Ms Agha was unfit to travel.
"And so I wrote on her death certificate that the cause of her heart attack was being harassed by the department of immigration," he said.
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