Carole Ghosn, wife of Carlos Ghosn, has called on US President Donald Trump to intervene with the Japanese Prime Minister to ensure “a fair trial” for her husband.
Carole Ghosn called on US President Donald Trump to intervene with the Japanese Prime Minister to ensure “a fair trial” to her husband Carlos Ghosn, the former boss of Renault and Nissan accused of embezzlement. “World leaders are meeting at the G20 at the end of the month, I would like President Trump to talk to Prime Minister Abe about fair conditions, fair trial conditions,” says Ghosn in an interview from New York to the BBC aired Monday.
Ms. Ghosn has dual Lebanese and American citizenship and has spent a large part of her life in the United States. In this interview, she sometimes appears on the verge of tears when she talks about the fate of her husband, whom she has not seen since the beginning of April. Released on bail on April 25 after three weeks of detention, Mr. Ghosn is subject to very severe restrictions in Japan, which he can not leave. Ms. Ghosn would like Mr. Trump to pressure Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the G20 summit in Japan to “speak to (her) husband and also to respect his presumption of innocence” .
Arrested for the first time on November 19 in Tokyo, Carlos Ghosn is facing four charges: two for concealment of income in stock market documents and two for different cases of aggravated breach of trust, including alleged misappropriation of Nissan funds. “All of this could have been managed inside the company – it was not necessary to go that far,” Ghosn said. Formerly all-powerful, Carlos Ghosn lost all his titles in the three manufacturers he had brought together to build the first global automobile alliance: Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors.
The Supreme Court of Japan had recently rejected an appeal by Carlos Ghosn’s lawyers against the restrictions imposed on the former CEO, which prevent him from seeing his wife, revealed one of his lawyers, Takashi Takano on May 21. The latter denounces an “inhuman and scandalous” situation “even under the Japanese criteria”.
The fact of being deprived of his wife “mentally touches” Carlos Ghosn, who “looks depressed,” says his lawyer. He is also forbidden to leave the territory, his internet access is severely restricted and his residence is under the surveillance of cameras.
The lawyer hopes that these constraints can be adjusted as the trial of Carlos Ghosn gets closer. According to him, “the process of preparation will take at least another year”.