Japan Failed To Arrange Fair Trial For Ghosn - French Lawyer

Andrew Cummings
January 12, 2020

Prosecutors in Lebanon have issued a travel ban for Carlos Ghosn, the latest move in an global saga involving the fugitive former auto industry executive who jumped bail in Japan.A Lebanese judge granted Ghosn, the former chairman of Nissan and Renault, a residence permit but banned him from traveling after Interpol last week issued a wanted alert, Lebanese state media reported Thursday.

Ghosn has said it is rigged and unjust. "And this time I feel I have been greatly betrayed by him for the second time". That's what I want.

For his part, Ghosn claimed on Wednesday he was subjected to pressure during interrogation in Japan.

Ghosn also leveled accusations of a "conspiracy" between Nissan and Japanese prosecutors to take him down and argued that the automaker staged a coup to stop him from seeking a merger with alliance partner and top shareholder Renault SA.

He is unlikely to face trial here as Lebanon does not extradite its citizens.

Lebanon has imposed a travel ban on former auto executive Carlos Ghosn the day after he spoke to the media following his escape from Japan.

Concerning his plan to escape Japan, he said that he had organized the plan by himself to prevent any leak.

Japanese investigative sources said Ghosn traveled to Osaka from Tokyo on a bullet train on December 29 before flying out of Kansai International Airport on a private jet. He somehow slipped out of the country undetected on a private jet, arriving in his homeland of Lebanon Dec. 30.

Mori though still maintained that the matter had been under the investigation still and did not name anyone who may be responsible for the escape.

The prosecutors' special investigation squad said Carole met with the acquaintance, who was an executive of the Omani distributor and was involved in sending money to the Lebanese firm, Good Faith Investments, and they also exchanged many messages after her husband was arrested on November 19, 2018.

Francois Zimeray, French lawyer for Ghosn, said that it had been for Japan's prosecutors to prove Ghosn's guilt, not for Ghosn to prove his innocence.

She accused Ghosn of "propagating both within Japan and internationally false information on Japan's legal system and its practice".

Officials said prosecutors obtained an arrest warrant January 7 that accuses Carole Ghosn of having committed perjury when she was questioned a year ago in connection with the financial misconduct case against her husband, the former chairman of Nissan Motor Co.

"Japan is an admirable, modern, and otherwise progressive country. It deserves better than an archaic system that holds innocent people hostage", the statement added.

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