On the evening of January 8th Carlos Ghosn, the former chairman of Nissan Motor Co., held a press conference in Lebanon to explain why he had fled Japan and four charges against the Japanese side. During his detention in Japan, Mr Ghosn said he had been treated unfairly during his detention in Japan, which not only led to damage to his reputation and limited human rights, but also caused the same suffering and suffering to his family, saying: “Based on the progress of the trial so far, I either died in Japan or escaped and confessed to myself.”
In response, Mr. Gohn’s lawyer in Japan, Ichiro Hirohito, said in an exclusive interview with First Financial That he was grateful to Mr. Ghosn for his affirmation of his team’s efforts at the press conference, and that, based on the information he had, Mr. Ghosn’s account of what happened during the judicial investigation in Japan was mostly true. It is Japan’s outdated judicial system and the “opaqueness” of Nissan’s internal investigation, which it says are key factors affecting Mr Ghosn’s case.
“No judicial in a developed country can arrest a suspect who has not yet been convicted, to delay the trial and even to restrict his or her right to contact with his family. Ichiro Hirohito said that some prosecutors, in particular the Special Search Department of the Tokyo District Attorney’s Office, had made inappropriate statements during the investigation of Mr. Ghosn and suggested that coercive action might be taken against family members to put pressure on suspects who should have been “presumed not guilty”.
In addition, in response to the Japanese prosecution’s allegations, Ichiro Hirohito argued that most of the allegations stemmed from internal Investigations by Nissan, which was sufficient evidence that the case was no longer a commercial one but a political act co-sponsored by certain commercial and political forces, and questioned the lack of independence of Nissan, which was responsible for the investigation. Ichiro Hirohito also raised the issue that Nissan had never attempted to interview Mr. Ghosn himself, so Nissan’s allegations against Mr. Ghosn were purposeful and that Nissan’s investigation was not fair and rigorous.
Meanwhile, before the press conference began, Hirohito’s office was raided by Japanese prosecutors and asked to submit minutes of Mr. Ghosn’s meeting, and he could also face charges of harbouring bail criminals fleeing, and may even face the possibility of a lawyer’s license being revoked, as pressure mounts on Japanese prosecutors and the courts.
In response, Ichiro Hirohito said that the last time the legal team met Mr. Ghosn was on December 25, when the pre-trial formalities were carried out in the Tokyo District Court, and there was no contact since, and he had not heard that Mr. Ghosn wished to travel overseas and had not mentioned the escape when interviewing his wife, Carol, using the videoconferencing system. But as a matter of human rights and personal privacy concerns, he and the legal team decided to resist pressure to reject the prosecution’s request to submit a personal computer, which Mr. Ghosn was allowed to use while on bail.
“Even when Ghosn first ran away, I was more angry and even had some complaints. But what I hate more than Ghosn is the Japanese justice system. Ichiro Hirohito said.