Seething Japanese authorities say Ghosn 'only has himself to blame'

Seething Japanese authorities say Ghosn 'only has himself to blame'

On Wednesday, Ghosn spoke to the media for the first time since his escape in a 150-minutes press conference in which he railed at Japanese justice system, accusing it of violating his basic rights.

Ghosn said he feels "bad" that some of the people who aided him now face potential prosecution in Turkey, where he switched planes on his way out of Japan. That charge is not related to her husband's escape. He's also under investigation in France.

Masako Mori, Japan's justice minister, on Thursday accused Ghosn of making "abstract, unclear or baseless assertions" about the Japanese criminal justice system, and said his flight was unjustified.

Instead, he says he is the victim of a plot to oust him over concerns about Renault's growing influence over Nissan under his tenure.

After his escape, Ghosn met with his wife Carole in Beirut, where she said she had taken their children for Christmas celebrations. Saikawa, Ghosn's successor-turned-accuser, lost his job less than a year later over his own overcompensation scandal. He said the decision to escape the country, where he was due to stand trial for alleged financial misconduct at the automaker, "was the most hard of my life". The Mediterranean country doesn't have an extradition agreement with Japan.

Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn, speaks at a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. "It is impossible to express the depth of that deprivation and my profound appreciation to once again be able to be reunited with my family and loved ones", Ghosn said.

April 25 - Tokyo court grants bail for Ghosn. His one thought before fleeing, he said: "You are going to die in Japan or you are going to get out". "These allegations are untrue, and I should have never been arrested in the first place", Ghosn said.

He described himself as a "hostage" of a country that he had served for 17 years as the boss of Nissan.

- points out extensive collusion between Nissan and Japanese prosecutors over his case.

The Japanese government has described Mr Ghosn's escape as "unjustifiable", while his former employer, Nissan, said it was "extremely regrettable". Ghosn visited Israel in 2008 for business.

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

His arrest cast an unflattering light on Japan's legal system, where prosecutors can grill suspects repeatedly without their lawyers present and enjoy an nearly 100% conviction rate.

"This is exactly how it works", Ghosn said, calling the move part of Japan's intimidation tactics. Kelly, who remains in Japan, has also denied wrongdoing.

November 22 - Nissan's board dismisses Ghosn as chairman. It made him a hero in Japan for a time, complete with a manga, or comic series, celebrating his corporate exploits. As the alliance between Renault and Nissan prospered - bringing in Mitsubishi Motors 2016 - Ghosn became the indispensable man at the center of the partnership. This trio, he alleges, sought to block a merger between Renault and Nissan.

Ghosn portrayed his arrest as a plot linked to a decline in the financial performance of Nissan. The have been reports that he was smuggled through airport security in an audio equipment case.

In Lebanon, where Ghosn grew up and has citizenship, he's highly regarded for his business successes, and has even appeared on a postage stamp. The two auto makers recommended legal action in the Netherlands, where the alliance is based, and ordering Ghosn himself to reimburse the company for some of the expenses.

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