A court in Japan has granted an arrest warrant for Carlos Ghosn’s wife Carole, two weeks after the former Nissan chairman fled the country to avoid charges of financial misdeeds.
Prosecutors claim Carole gave false testimony during a court appearance in April after Ghosn, who had been arrested in November 2018, was re-arrested in Japan on additional charges.
She was questioned about allegations that Ghosn had diverted Nissan funds to a company he controlled but she headed. She insisted she had no knowledge of her husband’s business dealings.
That Was Then, This is Now
But all that was nine months ago, six months before Ghosn reportedly began planning his escape from Tokyo. Multiple media reports say he was accompanied in his two-hop flight from Japan to Turkey to Lebanon by two private security men. One of them was a former Green Beret soldier, who arranged his clandestine transportation.
Ghosn reunited with his wife when he reached Lebanon, where he is a citizen. Media photos showed him celebrating New Years with his family at a restaurant in Beirut.
Carole, who wasn’t charged after being questioned last April, considers herself cleared of any wrongdoing. A spokesperson describes today’s arrest warrant—issued a day ahead of a planned press conference in which Carlos Ghosn is expected to blast the Japanese judicial system as inherently unfair—as “pathetic.”
Carole has been lobbying international agencies for months to condemn Japan’s draconian style of justice, which she says has scarred her and her family for life. She also has unsuccessfully urged France, where her husband also holds citizenship, to come to his aid.
Carlos Ghosn insists his wife played no role in his pre-Christmas escape. “I alone arranged for my departure,” he declared in a statement last week. Japanese prosecutors, humiliated by his disappearance, aren’t buying it.
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