Carlos Ghosn spoke: handcuffed and belted with a ropeJanuary 9, 2019
For the first time after his arrest, one of the world’s most efficient car managers appeared before the public.
This happened at the Tokyo District Court, where Ghosn’s defense tried to protest his detention. In the courtroom, the arrested man was brought in handcuffs, and the people around him were rushed to the fact that instead of a belt he was girded with a rope. The manager of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance was wearing a suit and a white shirt, but without a tie, since they are also banned for the prisoners.
Carlos Ghosn was arrested on November 19, and has since been detained. In court, the defense tried to get an explanation of such a long arrest of a top manager, and Gon himself was given the right to a 10-minute speech.
In it, he denied all allegations of corruption. According to Automotive News, Nissan accuses Carlos Ghosn of using the company’s funds for personal gain. The prosecutor’s office claims that in 2008 a top manager took the automaker’s funds to recover his own losses in the amount of 16.6 million dollars. In addition, the prosecution speaks of a certain secret agreement of the top manager with Nissan to receive secret rewards after his retirement. The company’s general director Hiroto Saikava stated that Ghosn had been heading the company for too long (more than 20 years).
To this, the former head of Nissan replied that he had asked the company to conclude a contract with him in dollars, and when he was refused, he was forced to resort to temporary borrowing due to exchange differences, as his family lives in the United States. He stated that he had two options: either borrow money from Nissan, or retire with the company paying a high reward. All agreements were thoroughly checked by lawyers, therefore there can be no talk of fraud, said Gon.
On the charges that he headed Nissan for too long, Ghosn said he saved the Japanese company from bankruptcy and led it to financial well-being. He also said that the leadership of Nissan unfairly accused him of fraud because he did not want the merger of Renault and Nissan into one company that was prepared by the former manager.
“I worked day and night on the ground and in the air to achieve these goals, standing shoulder to shoulder with the hard-working Nissan employees around the world,” – Ghosn quotes the Wall Street Journal.
Nevertheless, the judge stated that he could not release Ghosn on bail for fear that he would leave the country or destroy evidence. The term of his arrest was extended to the first court session, and, according to defense lawyers, it can take place only in a few months. But Carlos Ghosn was allowed to sleep on the bed, not on the mattress on the floor, and was transferred to a larger cell. Meeting relatives is still prohibited for him.
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