The wife of nissan ex-chair Ghosn fears his trial may be unfair

The wife of Carlos Ghosn, the former chairman of Nissan and Renault, said Wednesday she’s worried whether her husband, detained in Japan on fiscal misconduct allegations, could get a reasonable trial, also voiced outrage over a justice system that dragged him back into custody.

“This has been a nightmare. We are ruined, our lives turned upside down. And we find no ending in sight. Because of him to be rearrested, and he is on bail, that is something. I’m stunned,” Carole Ghosn said in a phone interview in New York.

Carlos Ghosn, that led Nissan Motor Co. for 20 years, rescuing it from the edge of insolvency, was arrested in November and released on bail a month, but has been arrested again on April 4.

His wife remembered the scene of his rearrest earlier this month, saying 20 prosecutors came to their Tokyo apartment at 5:50 a.m., once she was in her pajamas, and captured her cellphone, passport and documents that defense lawyers had been preparing for the trial.

Although such seizures may result in a mistrial at the U.S., prosecutors are permitted such activities from Japan, legal experts say. Raids and arrests are regular in Japan morning.

“We’re worried about a reasonable trial,” she explained. “They now know what we were planning as a defense, what we have.”

He’s been charged with falsifying documents in under-reporting his retirement settlement and with breach of confidence in payments that were dubious. He says he is innocent, saying the payments were valid and imagining the compensation was never determined.

At a video ready before his arrest, he enticed some executives at Nissan of plotting what he called fears they had regarding his direction and Nissan merging French alliance partner Renault SA.

Nissan has stated an investigation guaranteed to correct governance, ousted Ghosn out of the board and discovered wrongdoing.

Ghosn’s detention was approved through April 22, but this may be extended. Prosecutors say the breach of trust allegations are new, and there’s risk evidence.

Carole Ghosn said she will go back to Japan once her husband is released on bail.

She stated the terms of her husband’s detention are harsh, utilizing a term that describes long detentions without convictions in Japan,”hostage justice.”

Like prosecutors all day is currently in solitary confinement, and interrogate Ghosn. He has air a half hour each day, but is not allowed outside over the weekend.

Carole Ghosn said that she was concerned about his health because he has been reduced by the long detention and so is not getting enough sunlight.

She was questioned in a Western court. She declined to provide details, but said there was little material to this. She’s not a suspect but agreed to be contested.

She said she had been proud of him, and stressed that her husband is prepared for a struggle.

“When you are put in a situation that is so unjust, it eats you up and you also want to fight each minute that you can since he knows how unjust it is, and he knows he’s been stabbed in the back,” she explained.

“Anyone who is in an unfair position, you wish to fight for your own rights. You need to battle for your innocence. You need to struggle to clear your name.”

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