The wife of Carlos Ghosn, the former boss of Nissan, has left Japan and travelled to Paris to appeal to the government of France to do more to help him.
Last Thursday, in yet another dramatic twist, prosecutors in Japan arrested Ghosn for the fourth time on suspicion that he had attempted to enrich himself at the expense of the automaker. His lawyers said that it was an attempt to muzzle him.
In an interview with the Financial Times prior to boarding a flight out of Japan late last Friday, Carole Ghosn stated: “I think the French government should do more for him. I don’t think he’s had enough support and he’s calling for assistance. As a French citizen, it should be a right.”
Carlos Ghosn holds Lebanese, Brazilian, and French citizenship. He has denied charges against him and he also urged the French government to offer some help.
France holds a 15 percent stake in Renault, Nissan’s alliance partner. It said that it was monitoring the situation.
Today, an official from the office of Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, disclosed: “We fully exercise consular protection. The French ambassador is in regular contact.”
The official continued: “The wife of Carlos Ghosn has been received by the (Elysee) Secretary-General during his (Ghosn) previous incarceration.”
Carole Ghosn that said that the previous 108-day imprisonment of her husband had left him “a different person” and that living a normal life under bail conditions had been impossible.
On Sunday, NHK, a public broadcaster said that prosecutors suspected that Ghosn syphoned off payments through a firm where his wife is an executive in order to buy a yacht and a boat.
The broadcaster said that prosecutors requested her to meet them for some voluntary questioning as an unsworn witness, however, the request was eventually turned down, which urged them to ask judges to question her on their behalf.
According to NHK, such a request gives the judges a mandatory basis on the power to question witnesses who refuse to testify.