Japanese court issues arrest warrant for Carole Ghosn on suspicion of giving false testimony

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — On Tuesday, the Japanese judiciary issued an arrest warrant for Carole Ghosn, on suspicion of giving false testimony during the investigation targeting her husband, Carlos Ghosn, whose arrest was issued by Interpol after he fled to Lebanon.

A statement issued by the Tokyo Public Prosecution Office said that it is suspected that Carol Ghosn, who is currently in Lebanon, made false statements before the Tokyo court in April 2019 when she was interrogated about her possible meetings with an unidentified person, linked to the charges against Ghosn.

Commenting on this, a spokesperson for Ghosn and his family considered in a statement that Agence France-Presse received, that “issuing this memo today is unfortunate” especially that it came on the eve of a press conference held by Ghosn in Beirut on Wednesday and during which he intends to “speak freely for the first time” after he fled from Tokyo .

The spokesman recalled that Carole Ghosn had “nine months ago voluntarily returned to Japan to answer the prosecutors’ questions, and left freely without any charges being brought against her.”

Carlos Ghosn was arrested in November 2018 in Tokyo for financial irregularities and was subsequently convicted. After spending 130 days in prison, the former head of the Renault-Nissan Alliance was released on bail in late April 2019, but he was officially banned from leaving Japanese territory pending his trial.

Carole Ghosn, who has not gone to Japan since her husband’s release, did not hesitate to confirm his innocence, and she strongly protested against the harsh conditions for his release on bail. The automaker was prevented from seeing or even communicating with his wife.

The public prosecutor suspects that Karol Ghosn has contacted one of the persons involved in the case. In April, investigators confiscated her smartphone and one of her passports.

The judges recently allowed the Ghosn duo to speak via video call in late November and Christmas Eve in the presence of Ghosn’s defense agents.

After the French-Lebanese-Brazilian businessman escaped from Japan on the night of 29-30 December, several media outlets presented his wife as planning the escape. Last week, Ghosn, who is holding a press conference on Wednesday in Beirut, confirmed that he had “organized” his escape.

Nissan is determined.

The “Nissan” group expressed its “deep regret” on Tuesday to the insult committed by its former president, Carlos Ghosn, against the Japanese judicial system, by fleeing from the archipelago to its motherland, Lebanon.

The company added that “Nissan discovered, after a comprehensive internal investigation, many of the actions attributed to Ghosn and involving misconduct.” Nissan had notified the authorities of the results of its investigation, before expelling Ghosn after his arrest in late 2018.

The Japanese automobile group, which has changed its management since early December to end Ghosn’s era, stressed that it will continue to cooperate with the judicial system and will continue to pursue its former president before the judiciary to hold him responsible for the “damage” he sustained, according to the statement.

In context, the Tokyo court confirmed on Tuesday that it had canceled the release of bail on Ghosn, which means that he will not be able to recover the financial guarantee of 1.5 billion yen (more than 12 million euros) and will be arrested again if he returns to Japan.

For his part, leader of the radical left in France, Jean-Luc Melanchon, considered Tuesday “the mistreatment of Carlos Ghosn by the Japanese judiciary” as “unacceptable.” “Human rights and defense rights are not implemented according to class standards,” he said, noting that “Carlos Ghosn has the right to do so just like everyone else.” He asked, “Do you know a person who did not try to escape when he was mistreated?”

– Train, two hotels, and a box.

Ghosn, 65, is suspected to have traveled by private plane from Kansai International Airport near Osaka in western Japan on the evening of December 29, with two alleged accomplices and that he avoided checkpoints by hiding him in a box similar to the boxes used to transport special audio equipment Concerts.

An x-ray baggage check was not mandatory in Japan yet for flights on private planes, unlike commercial aircraft.

Justice Minister Masako Mori announced at a press conference on Tuesday that the Japanese government has just corrected this vulnerability.

The official Japanese “NHK” channel quoted sources close to the investigation as saying that the accomplices of Ghosn’s escape may have arrived at Kansai airport on the morning of December 29 on a private plane coming from Dubai with two similar boxes to the box that might be a hidden hid branch. In it later.

The two men then boarded a high-speed train called “Shinkansen” to reach Tokyo, where they met a branch in a hotel, before returning to Osaka, but this time accompanied a branch and crossed the same train. The three went out to a hotel near Kansai airport, where the two men left the boxes, according to NHK.

The presumed accomplices left the hotel with two large boxes at 22:30 towards the airport, but it was not possible to see a branch with them.


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