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Ex-car boss Carlos Ghosn sees himself as a "hostage" of the Japanese judiciary


Ex-car boss Carlos Ghosn, who fled to Lebanon, makes serious accusations to Japan. The country's judiciary has been preventing a fair trial for two years.

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Carlos Ghosn at his video press conference with foreign correspondents in Tokyo


Rodrigo Reyes Marin / imago images / ZUMA Wire

Carlos Ghosn is suspected, among other things, of using company funds for personal purposes.

But instead of facing a trial in Japan, the ex-car manager raises serious allegations against the Japanese judiciary.

After his spectacular escape from Japan to Lebanon, he sees himself as a "hostage" of the justice system, said Ghosn, who was connected via video from Beirut, to members of the foreign correspondents' club in Tokyo. Even after two years, Japan refuses to hand over the indictment against him to Lebanon so that he can face a fair trial there. By maintaining the search request through the international police agency Interpol, Japan is trying to "extend its hostage justice beyond Japan's borders." Japan is not about justice.

The architect of the Franco-Japanese car alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi was arrested and charged in Tokyo on November 19, 2018, among other things, on charges of undercutting his salary and using company funds for personal purposes.

In April 2019, he was released from custody under strict conditions on bail.

In December 2019 he fled in the luggage of a private jet - hidden in a box in an adventurous way via Turkey to Beirut.

Since then, Ghosn has been wanted by international arrest warrant.

Two Americans extradited to Japan who helped him escape were recently sentenced to two years in prison by a court in Tokyo.

Ghosn has repeatedly denied the allegations against him in Japan.

The former auto boss sees himself as the victim of a conspiracy in Japan to prevent Nissan from becoming closer to Renault.

Ghosn grew up in Lebanon and is a Lebanese citizen.

Lebanon does not want to extradite him.

apr / dpa

Source: spiegel

All business articles on 2021-12-06

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