Carlos Ghosn, again arrested this week in Japan, has recorded a message to “designate those responsible for what happens to him”, which will be “soon” broadcast, said his wife in an interview.
Ghosn, Renault’s deposed boss, Nissan and Mitsubishi, was arrested Thursday morning at his home in Tokyo because of new suspicions of financial malfeasance, barely a month after being released on bail.
Placed once again in custody, after 108 days spent behind bars, Ghosn had announced the day before his new arrest he planned to hold a press conference on April 11 to “tell the truth about what happens”.
“When he realized he was going to be arrested, he recorded a Skype interview for TF1 and LCI,” Carole Ghosn said. “He also recorded a video in English where he gives his version of the case. He wanted to designate those responsible for what happens to him.This is the lawyers who have it, it will be released soon,” he said.
Carolz Ghosn, who was present at the arrest, said she returned to France despite the confiscation of her Lebanese passport by the Japanese police, using her other travel document, American.
Reiterating her faith in the innocence of her husband, Carole Ghosn assured that she did not want him to be “above the law but to be judged fairly (…) I solemnly ask that he be left the presumption of innocence as to any French citizen and I appeal to the President of the Republic”.
On Saturday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called on Japan to respect the rights and presumption of innocence of Carlos Ghosn in an interview with his Japanese counterpart on the sidelines of a G7 meeting in Dinard, in the north-west of France.
The new arrest of Ghosn is motivated, according to the floor, by suspicions of having transferred funds from Nissan to a company, via a distributor of vehicles of the Japanese manufacturer abroad.
Carlos Ghosn is already under three indictments: two for misrepresentation of income during the years 2010 to 2018, in documents submitted by Nissan to the financial authorities, and one for breach of trust.