Fugitive former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn calls Japanese imprisonment conditions a 'travesty'

Fugitive former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn calls Japanese imprisonment conditions a 'travesty'

Carlos Ghosn is set to hold a highly anticipated press conference in Lebanon on Wednesday, the first by the fugitive vehicle magnate since his Houdini-like escape from trial in Japan.

"I was brutally taken from my work as I knew it, ripped from my work, my family and my friends".

According to sources close to the case, she is named as president of a company used to buy a luxury yacht that prosecutors suspect was purchased partly with funds diverted from Nissan.

Nissan put the full amount as a charge in its accounts after the scandal emerged.

January 11, 2019 - Ghosn is charged with aggravated breach of trust and understating his remuneration for three years through March 2018. For 17 years I was considered a role model in Japan.

Ghosn says the charges against him stem from a "coup" inside Nissan by disgruntled executives and Japanese officials who feared his plans to more closely integrate the auto giant with its alliance partner, French firm Renault.

He named Masakazu Toyoda, an independent director at Nissan and a special adviser to the Japanese Cabinet; Nissan's ex-auditor Hidetoshi Imazu; and the vehicle company's former executive vice president, Hitoshi Kawaguchi, as the main architects of his downfall. Saikawa, Ghosn's successor-turned-accuser, lost his job less than a year later over his own overcompensation scandal.

Now in Lebanon, which has no extradition treaty in Japan, Ghosn spoke to the media Wednesday for the first time since his escape.

It has been reported that he managed to flee Japan with the assistance of a security company and was in possession of a French passport.

"I am now in Lebanon and will no longer be held hostage by a rigged Japanese justice system where guilt is presumed, discrimination is rampant, and basic human rights are denied".

As a result, he said it was not hard to come to the decision that he would either have to "die in Japan or get out". Hironaka told NHK that the case could have been smashed with a hammer.

He laid the blame for his treatment not only on the prosecutors, but also on government officials, Nissan and its law firm.

The media has been swarming with speculations on how Ghosn was able to escape Japan.

Ghosn declined to name Japanese government officials he said were involved in the plot because he said he didn't want to embarrass the Lebanese government, but added he did not think the top level of the Japanese government was involved.

Earlier in the day, Tokyo prosecutors raided a Japanese lawyer's office that Ghosn had visited regularly before he fled.

In a combative performance, he gave a point-by-point rebuttal of the charges that he said he had been prevented from doing before, and compared the surprise of his arrest with Japan's preemptive strike on Pearl Harbor during World War II.

Ghosn had been freed on bail after agreeing to strict conditions, with prosecutors arguing he posed a flight risk.

The exact circumstances of his departure from Japan, where he was under house arrest pending trial, are still shrouded in mystery.

Ghosn's former employer, Nissan Motor Co., said it was still pursuing legal action against him despite his escape, adding that Ghosn engaged in serious misconduct while leading the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance. Kelly, who remains in Japan, has also denied wrongdoing. It made him a hero in Japan for a time, complete with a manga, or comic series, celebrating his corporate exploits.

"The company will continue to take appropriate legal action to hold Ghosn accountable for the harm that his misconduct has caused to Nissan", the automaker said in a statement.

Reaching Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, he changed planes while inside a box.

Lebanon does not normally extradite its citizens.

Ghosn's second wife, Carole vocally led the campaign for her husband's freedom, insisting on his innocence and slamming Japanese prosecutors for what she deemed ill-treatment after his shock November 19, 2018 arrest.

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