Carlos Ghosn first learned of the worldwide demand for his arrest issued by France while reading a newspaper, according to the fugitive former auto boss.
After the arrest warrant issued by France made headlines throughout the world today, Carlos Ghosn told Arab News that he learned about the warrant by reading the media, just like everyone else. “I assumed that in the French system, at the very least, the investigating judge would have the decency to notify you before it was published in the media.” My advocates, lawyers, and I were not informed, and we have no official information on the arrest warrant till now.”
Ghosn, who has been awaiting trial for several years on charges of understating his salary in Nissan’s financial statements, confirmed that the arrest warrant is a very usual procedure for France at this level, in order to wrap up the investigation. “This is not a decision,” he stated emphatically.
Ghosn and his counsel were not surprised by the arrest warrant. “An arrest warrant is the first step in the real court process, which entails a trial… What’s shocking is the timing; it’s happening at a politically tense time in France,” he told Arab News, adding that he hasn’t been officially informed about it yet.
Given the Red Notice issued by Japan, Ghosn is unable to leave Lebanon and travel to France, so he believes that sending the papers to Lebanon, where he could face trial, is the only option to complete what they have started ( the trial). According to Ghosn, he and his lawyers should be given access to the investigating judge’s materials, on which the Japanese authorities are based their charges.
Ghosn told Arab News that the French investigating judge’s allegations are based on documents sent by the Japanese prosecutor, and that the majority of these documents were illegally stolen from his home in Lebanon by Nissan employees. “There is a criminal investigation in Lebanon into how these documents were removed from Lebanon, and I’m eagerly awaiting the outcome,” he said, adding that the prosecution did not even question the documents’ veracity.
“He (the prosecution) didn’t even raise the question of whether they (the documents) had been abridged, edited, added to, or twisted.”
When he arrived in Lebanon from Japan, he was astonished to see that the file from his trial had been transferred to France rather than Lebanon, despite the fact that he had been unable to obtain the file until now. “The Lebanese authorities have repeatedly requested the material from the Japanese
authorities, but they have refused to hand it over,” he claimed.
According to Ghosn, the Lebanese authorities will request that the French authorities transfer the dossier so that they can prosecute him on all charges.
For Ghosn, the process has taken a long time. “Now that we are in a position to defend ourselves, clearly we need to know exactly what the accusation is,” he added. “As you know, we merely try to guess them based on the interrogation I’ve had and the leaks to the press.” “I’ve been held in Lebanon in a sense for the past two and a half years, with no way to end this torture, so it’s about time that it ends.”
“Am I guilty, am I, am I, am I, am I, am I, am I, am I, am I, am I and let’s wrap up this story, which has, frankly, dragged on far too long, not only to my detriment but also to the detriment of Renault and Nissan, because, as you’ve seen, the two companies’ results in the last three years have been dismal and far from what they had shown under my leadership for many years prior to my arrest,” he concluded.