Tokyo court denies bail to Nissan's ex-chair Carlos Ghosn

Ivan Schwartz
January 18, 2019

Last week, Ghosn was indicted for aggravated breach of trust for temporarily transferring personal investment losses to Nissan in 2008, and under-reporting his salary for 3 years through March 2018.

Carole Ghosn, in the nine-page letter to Kanae Doi, the Japan director for Human Rights Watch, the nongovernment organisation, asked the group to "shine a light on the harsh treatment of my husband and the human rights-related inequities inflicted upon him by the Japanese justice system". Ghosn, 64, has lost nearly seven kilograms (15 pounds) in prison, she said.

The letter also claims prosecutors have pressed Ghosn to sign documents in Japanese, which he does not understand, and not in the presence of his lawyer. He is allowed to exercise for 30 minutes and to take two or three baths a week, she added.

"No human being should be detained under conditions so harsh that their only plausible goal is to coerce a confession", said the letter, which cited cases in which people were later found innocent but had been detained for months.

Shin Kukimoto, deputy prosecutor in the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office, told reporters last week that prosecutors are confident they have a case.

On January 11th, prosecutors brought a new indictment against Ghosn.

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Last week, she issued a shorter statement expressing worries about her husband's health when he had a fever. The latest court decision to deny him bail means his detention will be extended further.

The government has denied requests to end his detention.

Ghosn awaits a lengthy criminal trial that could be as long as 6 months away, after his surprise arrest on November 19.

Japan's Ministry of Justice was unreachable for comment outside of business hours.

"He is treated under the appropriate procedure, assuring fundamental human rights of individuals and undergoing strict judicial examination in according with relevant domestic laws of Japan", ministry spokesperson Natsuko Sakata said in an email. But his chief lawyer has previously been pessimistic about the 64-year-old being released soon from a detention center in the Japanese capital, partly because he is continuing to deny all the allegations against him.

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