Jan. 8 (UPI) — In his first public look since leaving Japan amid fraud accusations, former auto govt Carlos Ghosn stated Wednesday he was “brutally” eliminated by a “rigged” Japanese justice system.
The previous Renault and Nissan chief informed reporters in a information convention in Lebanon, which has no extradition treaty with Japan, that the fees have been a bid to cease him from integrating the 2 automakers.
“That investigation was by no means about discovering the reality,” Ghosn stated, including that the case was “predetermined” to take away him from each corporations.
“I used to be brutally taken from my world as I knew it,” he added. “I used to be ripped from my household, my pals, from my communities, and from Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi.”
Ghosn was arrested in Japan in 2018 for monetary misconduct and quickly held in custody. He was charged with under-reporting his wage at Nissan and personally making the most of firm assets. He is additionally underneath investigation in France, the place Renault is headquartered.
After his launch on bond, he left Japan final month in an elaborate escape — wherein he hid inside a case too giant for airport scanning machines and departed on a non-public jet. In Turkey, he boarded a flight to Beirut.
Ghosn stated Wednesday he had little alternative however to go away as a result of Nissan and Japanese prosecutors have been working to convict him.
“The collusion between Nissan and the prosecutor is in all places,” he stated, stating that the fees shouldn’t have led to an arrest. “There isn’t any democratic nation I do know the place you go to jail for these sorts of accusations, even when they have been proper.”
Ghosn appeared on the information convention along with his spouse Carole, who is needed on a Japanese arrest warrant on suspicion of giving false testimony final yr. She referred to as the warrant retaliation for Ghosn’s escape.