Japan issues arrest warrant for Carlos Ghosn's wife

Japan issues arrest warrant for Carlos Ghosn's wife

In a statement, prosecutors said they had obtained the warrant on suspicion she made false statements during April testimony to the Tokyo district court about meetings with an unnamed individual. He has denied reports that his family members were involved in helping him flee from Tokyo last week.

Mori also announced the country was strengthening border checks in response to Ghosn's escape. His bail-jumping has prompted outrage from Japanese officials, but he insists that he would have been unable to receive a fair trial in Japan. Lebanon, however, has no extradition treaty with Japan.

It remains unclear what Japan might do to bring him back. "There is no way to justify this act", they said.

"It's necessary to carefully consider the legal systems of both countries", he told a news conference, referring to any requests for the extradition of a fugitive. It is believed he used some wrongful methods to illegally leave the country.

The possibility of persuading Lebanon to hand over Ghosn is low, however, the Japanese official said, because Lebanon like many other countries does not extradite its own citizens.

Ghosn became an global fugitive after he issued a statement on December 31 announcing he was in Lebanon.

Since fleeing, Mr Ghosn has avoided media interviews but he is expected to break his silence at a press conference on Wednesday. Ghosn's lawyer, Junichiro Hironaka, added that he was "surprised and baffled" by the reports surrounding his escape - the exact circumstances of which are still, it seems, uncertain.

Masako Mori told reporters that the ministry had already taken measures to prevent a recurrence, but refused to provide details.

Nissan's statement was the first word from the company since Ghosn's flight last week.

Ghosn is accused in Japan of financial misconduct, including underreporting his compensation from Nissan and misappropriation of the company's assets for personal gain.

Ghosn released a statement on December 30 confirming he was in Lebanon, saying he "escaped injustice and political persecution" in Japan.

Hours later he confirmed his location, saying that he was "no longer a hostage of a Japanese judicial system where guilt presumption prevails, where discrimination is generalized and where human rights are breached".

Nissan said in its statement that an investigation is ongoing in France, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has found some wrongdoing.

Ghosn was due to appear before Tokyo courts in the coming months in connection to charges of financial irregularities during his tenure at the helm of Nissan Motor.

His dramatic escape has confounded and embarrassed authorities.

Lawyer Yuichi Kaido said he was troubled by what he saw as the growing negative public reaction of demanding bail be refused for foreign suspects, noting Japanese don't empathize with Ghosn's actions at all.

The scandal over Ghosn's case has tarnished Nissan's image and created a leadership vacuum at a time when the automaker's profits and sales are tumbling.

"The consequences of Ghosn's misconduct have been significant".

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