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    The wife of former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn said she hastily left Japan and flew to Paris because she feared for her safety following her husband's latest arrest last week.

    In an interview with the French weekly, Journal du Dimanche, published Sunday, Carole Ghosn said she saw police take her husband back into custody and "felt in danger" when officers confiscated her Lebanese passport.

    Japanese prosecutors arrested Ghosn for a fourth time on Thursday on suspicion he had tried to enrich himself at the automaker's expense, in another dramatic twist that his lawyers said was an attempt to muzzle him.
    She said she left for France on Friday using a different passport.

    Detailing the latest twists in the extraordinary saga, Carole said her husband had recorded a video interview in English before his detention.
    "He names the people responsible for what has happened to him. The lawyers have it. It will be released soon," she told the newspaper.
    Carole added that she had fled Tokyo on a flight to Paris -- with support from the French ambassador to Tokyo -- because she "felt in danger."
    "He didn't leave me until the plane," she explained. "Up to the last second, I didn't know if they were going to let me fly. It was surreal."
    The role of the French ambassador could lead to fresh friction between the countries over the highly sensitive case, which involves Nissan and French car maker Renault,
    which were both previously run by Ghosn.

    ‘He’s calling for assistance’
    In an interview with the Financial Times before boarding a flight out of Japan late Friday, she said, "I think the French government should do more for him. I don't think he's had enough support and he's calling for assistance. As a French citizen, it should be a right," said Carole Ghosn.
    Her husband, who holds French, Lebanese and Brazilian citizenship, has denied charges against him and also called on the French government for help.
    France, which holds a 15 percent stake in Nissan's alliance partner Renault, said it was monitoring the situation.
    "We fully exercise consular protection. The French ambassador is in regular contact," an official from French President Emmanuel Macron's office said on Sunday.
    "The wife of Carlos Ghosn has been received by the (Elysée) Secretary General during his (Ghosn) previous incarceration," the official added.

    ‘A different person’
    Carole Ghosn said her husband's previous 108-day imprisonment had left him "a different person" and that normal life under bail conditions had been impossible.
    Japanese public broadcaster NHK said on Sunday that prosecutors suspected Ghosn siphoned off payments through a company where his wife is an executive to purchase a yacht and a boat.
    The prosecutors asked her to meet them for voluntary questioning as an unsworn witness, but the request was turned down, which prompted them to ask judges to question her on their behalf, the broadcaster said.
    Such a request gives judges the power to question on a mandatory basis witnesses who refuse to testify, according to NHK.
    Ghosn's lead lawyer, Junichiro Hironaka, said on Thursday prosecutors confiscated Ghosn's mobile phone, documents, notebooks and diaries, along with his wife's passport and mobile phone.

    Japan’s judicial system under the spotlight
    Prosecutors had confiscated his wife's Lebanese passport
    in a dawn raid on their apartment in central Tokyo on Thursday morning, but did not discover her US passport, the Financial Times reported.
    "I'm all alone here. It's traumatising what happened,” she was quoted as saying while awaiting her flight.
    Under Japanese law, prosecutors will be able to hold Ghosn for up to 22 days without charging him. The fresh arrest opens up the possibility that he will be interrogated again without his lawyer present, as is the norm in Japan.
    The additional charge would likely prolong Ghosn's trial, which is expected to begin later this year, his lawyer has said, adding that loss of access to Ghosn's trial-related documents could put his client at a disadvantage in fighting his case.
    Ghosn faces charges of financial misconduct and aggravated breach of trust over allegedly failing to report around $82 million in salary and temporarily transferring personal financial losses on to Nissan's books during the financial crisis.
    Released on $9 million bail on March 6, the executive says he is the victim of a boardroom coup.
    The scandal has rocked the global auto industry and shone a harsh light on Japan's judicial system
     
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    Why should I care?

    Just because hes part Lebanese I should go out of my way to defend him? Kell wa7ad y2abi3 chawko bi ido
     
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    Why should I care?

    Just because hes part Lebanese I should go out of my way to defend him? Kell wa7ad y2abi3 chawko bi ido
    I hope that when you fall, no one is there to pick you up. You will then understand.
     
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    Carlos Ghosn Is Right About Nissan
    While Nissan’s executives have obsessed over their former chairman, the carmaker’s performance has been poor. An overhaul at the top might help.

    The world’s preoccupation with the Carlos Ghosn affair hides in plain sight the pathetic state of Nissan Motor Co.’s business and the value destruction that has continued since his arrest.

    In a video message released Tuesday, the company’s deposed chairman spent much of his time talking about what’s going on at Nissan rather than addressing the growing pile of allegations against him. Ghosn reflected on the carmaker’s dismal performance, recent profit warnings and emissions scandals. When he’d approached executives about what was going wrong, “the company would say the problems were fixed when they were not fixed. This is where we had a problem with the management.”
    Clearly Ghosn is keen to show that Nissan’s leadership, led by the chief executive Hiroto Saikawa, had a motive for ousting him. Rumors have swirled that Ghosn had wanted to get rid of Saikawa, prompting the company’s executives to go public with the initial allegations against their then chairman. But putting aside all of the blame and counter-blame, Ghosn is right to focus on Nissan’s business, and the recent damage to its brand and shareholder value.
    Even on this subject, Ghosn can’t be absolved entirely. Saikawa, who took on the role of co-CEO in November 2016 and sole CEO in 2017, was the ex-chairman’s protege and hand-picked successor. Ghosn is responsible for that choice, no doubt. But the CEO’s performance has been poor.
    In the two years since he took over as sole CEO, Nissan’s stock price has fallen by more than 13 percent. Margins have been eroded. Revenue growth has dropped sharply. Lofty targets set by Saikawa (including an 8 percent operating margin and 30 percent sales growth over six years) have been missed by miles.
    Sales in the U.S. and China haven’t kept pace with peers. Even its luxury Infiniti brand, which was doing well, has started to disappoint. In China, where other Japanese carmakers have gained ground in recent months, Nissan has stalled. While the company has been offering sweeteners to buyers in the U.S., its campaign is one of least effective in the industry (when measured as the ratio of market share to incentive spending). Meanwhile, Nissan has had to recall hundreds of thousands of cars and has admitted to falsifying emissions tests.
    Preoccupied with palace intrigue and politics, the company hasn’t said much about turning this situation around and improving its performance. Instead, it has blamed the “current global market slowdown” while cutting expectations for full-year sales.
    Maybe if Saikawa and his fellow executives were as obsessed with improving the state of Nissan as they’ve been with Ghosn, the picture would have been different. Other global carmakers have at least decided where they want to focus their future – whether it’s throwing cash at technology, whittling down their businesses or merging. Nissan’s path forward is pretty much invisible.
    Ghosn acknowledged in his video that the fear of a full merger of Nissan and its alliance partners Renault SA and Mitsubiushi Motors Corp. had agitated Japanese executives, sparking the local resistance against him. But he makes a reasonable point that some of this anxiety was caused by Nissan’s poor performance.
    After being bailed out by France’s Renault in the 1990s, Nissan has brought most to the alliance table in terms of technology, capital and profit – helping explain the resentment in Tokyo about the current cross-shareholding structure (Renault owns 43 percent of Nissan, and Nissan owns 15 percent of Renault). But with the Japanese company struggling, it’s harder to command any leverage at the negotiating table with the French state and Renault over a possible re-balancing of the ownership stakes. For now, it appears to be in an amicable discussion to maintain the status quo.
    Ghosn is no bystander in why Nissan has ended up like this. But neither has Saikawa shown that he can steer the business in a better direction. Maybe the current management does need an overhaul. Regardless of what happens to Ghosn personally, Nissan’s corporate governance lapses have become grossly apparent.
    The carmaker really doesn’t have the luxury of time for any more navel-gazing in such a fiercely competitive market. A serious retooling of its executive ranks would go a lot further than a cosmetic paint job.
     
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    In this thread, Let us focus on Japan's judicial system that clearly violates basic human rights. Carlos Ghosn case is one of many similar cases that went unnoticed. Ghosn high profile will undoubtedly shed lights on their criminal/legal system.
    Can anyone understand or justify why Carlos' wife' cell phone and passport were confiscated? This is telling the world Japan is a backward country with tribal mentality. They will hold the whole family hostage just because they are looking for one of its members. Very disturbing for a country like japan in this day and age.
     
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    Can someone with legal expertise share with us his/her thoughts about this case?
    Is it acceptable for someone to be detained, held and questioned under duress without legal representation until he signs a blank paper or the prosecutor's statement so they can use it against him as a slam dunk in court to convict him?
     
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    Ghosn's Lawyers Appeal to Japan Supreme Court Over Detention
    The lawyers for Nissan's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn, sent back to detention while out on bail, have filed a protest with the Japanese Supreme Court.

    TOKYO (AP) — The lawyers for Nissan's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn, who was sent back to detention while out on bail, filed a protest with the Japanese Supreme Court on Wednesday.
    Lawyer Junichiro Hironaka told reporters that Ghosn's fourth and latest arrest is unfair. Ghosn was arrested in November, released on bail last month but re-arrested last week.
    Multiple arrests and long detentions are routine in Japan, but arresting a suspect who cleared bail is unusual.
    Ghosn's detention has been extended through Sunday but may be prolonged. He is charged with falsifying financial documents in underreporting his retirement compensation and breach of trust in what prosecutors call dubious payments.
    He says he is innocent, noting the compensation was never decided or paid and the payments were for legitimate services.
    The latest arrest is over suspicion Nissan money paid to a dealership that was diverted to a company effectively controlled by Ghosn.
    Hironaka was among 1,010 lawyers, academics and other legal professionals who signed a call to eliminate Japan's so-called "hostage justice."
    Kaku Imamura, a lawyer who led the initiative, told reporters Wednesday that Ghosn's case has set off international criticism about the longtime detentions without convictions.
    He said innocent people who refuse to sign confessions suffer and are kept for months, sometimes years, even for relatively minor charges that won't result in prison time. During detention, prosecutors can grill the suspect for more than eight hours, he said, while the suspect's contact with lawyers is limited, and often banned with family and friends.
    He declined comment on the specifics of Ghosn's case.

    "Detention is used as a form of torture," Imamura said at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan. "It becomes difficult for people to get a fair trial."
     
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    Why should I care?
    Just because hes part Lebanese I should go out of my way to defend him? Kell wa7ad y2abi3 chawko bi ido
    THIS IS EXACTLY WHY !!
    Lebanon and Lebanese get ****ed up around the world and no one knows about it !!
     
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    what the Lebanese government can do:
    make a meeting with Rasamni Younes and convince them or force them to stop doing business with Nissan.
    make a meeting with Honda, Toyota, Hyndai etc .. so that they will exchange the cars of Lebanese Nissan owners
    for half their original price. I don't think these companies would oppose to overtake the shares of Nissan in the Lebanese market
     
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    The wife of former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn said she hastily left Japan and flew to Paris because she feared for her safety following her husband's latest arrest last week.
    In an interview with the French weekly, Journal du Dimanche, published Sunday, Carole Ghosn said she saw police take her husband back into custody and "felt in danger" when officers confiscated her Lebanese passport.
    La wallah zawjeh mokhlissa !! the Lebanese embassy in Tokyo shu shaghleta ? .. dawleh marika !!
    isn't this an insult to Lebanon ? aw el 7amieh el lebnenieh wel watanieh ma betbayen ella dod asheka2oun el Arab?
     
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    In this thread, Let us focus on Japan's judicial system that clearly violates basic human rights. Carlos Ghosn case is one of many similar cases that went unnoticed. Ghosn high profile will undoubtedly shed lights on their criminal/legal system.
    Can anyone understand or justify why Carlos' wife' cell phone and passport were confiscated? This is telling the world Japan is a backward country with tribal mentality. They will hold the whole family hostage just because they are looking for one of its members. Very disturbing for a country like japan in this day and age.
    Bi kouno el yehoud defsheenoun. Nissan kenet ekleh khara, on the point of bankruptcy when Carlos took over and saved it.
     
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    I hope that when you fall, no one is there to pick you up. You will then understand.
    If i fall i expect my friends and family to come for my aid not the entire country.

    This guy made millions what did he do to Lebanon to deserve this uproar?
     
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    La wallah zawjeh mokhlissa !! the Lebanese embassy in Tokyo shu shaghleta ? .. dawleh marika !!
    isn't this an insult to Lebanon ? aw el 7amieh el lebnenieh wel watanieh ma betbayen ella dod asheka2oun el Arab?
    I think it is a good thing that his wife left the shithole country in a hurry so she can be free to defend her husband and address the French authorities including the French President face to face so they can no longer ignore the fact that a French Citizen whose loyalty to France and Renault was so genuine became the victim of precisely that loyalty.
     
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    Carlos Ghosn's wife questioned by prosecutors at Tokyo District Court: Kyodo

    TOKYO (Reuters) - The wife of ousted Nissan Motor Co Ltd boss Carlos Ghosn was questioned by prosecutors at Tokyo District Court on Thursday, Kyodo News reported, a week after her husband was arrested for a fourth time.
    Carole Ghosn returned to Japan on Wednesday - days after she left the country to seek help from the French government - and was to be questioned by authorities, a person with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
    “(She) responded in a sincere manner. We believe this will lead to Mr. Ghosn’s acquittal,” said Ghosn’s lawyer Junichiro Hironaka, according to Kyodo.

    Carole Ghosn entered the courthouse at around 2:30 p.m. local time (0530 GMT) and left about 2 1/2 hours later, Kyodo reported.
    Prosecutors last week arrested the former Nissan chairman for the fourth time on suspicion he tried to enrich himself at a cost of $5 million to the automaker. He was previously arrested and charged for financial misconduct and has denied wrongdoing.
    Authorities had also wanted to question Carole Ghosn on suspicion that her husband had siphoned funds through a company where she is an executive to purchase two boats, public broadcaster NHK has reported.

    Carlos Ghosn, a French, Lebanese and Brazilian citizen, has said he is the victim of a boardroom coup. He is being held in the Tokyo Detention Center, where he spent 108 days after his initial arrest on Nov. 19.
    The Nikkei reported that his wife arrived back in Japan at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on Wednesday, quoting her as saying she wanted to tell a court that there was “absolutely nothing illegal”.
     
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    Carlos Ghosn’s Defense Says Detention Is Worsening His Kidney Condition

    TOKYO—Carlos Ghosn’s defense team has protested his latest arrest by Tokyo prosecutors, citing a chronic kidney condition made worse by his lengthy detention, according to a court document.
    Mr. Ghosn’s medication for high cholesterol caused a condition called rhabdomyolysis, in which muscle cells break down, enter the blood stream and damage the kidneys in some cases, according to the document dated April 5 and reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
     
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    Carlos Ghosn Will Stay in Jail Until at Least April 22

    TOKYO—A Tokyo court extended Carlos Ghosn’s detention until at least April 22, giving prosecutors extra time to grill him for up to six hours a day in a bid to extract a confession.
     
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