Left Menu
Development News Edition

Carlos Ghosn to 'vigorously' defend himself in Japanese court: son


Paris, Jan 6 (AFP) Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn will "vigorously" defend himself in a Japanese court this week after refusing to sign a confession in return for being released from custody, his son has told a French Sunday newspaper.

The auto tycoon who has been held since his shock arrest in November on allegations of financial misconduct is due to appear in a Japanese court on Tuesday to hear the reasons for his detention.

He will give his version of events for the first time, his son Anthony told the French weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche (JDD).

The father-of-four has gone from heading a powerful international auto alliance to languishing in a Tokyo detention centre, where his stay has been repeatedly extended.

Anthony told the JDD that his father would be released if he signed a confession.

He can "tell the prosecutor that he is contesting the charges or instead he could confess and be released.

For seven weeks his decision has been quite clear," he said.

"The paradox is that the confession he has been asked to sign is written only in Japanese," adding that his father does not understand it.

He added that the defence do not yet have a complete file on the case.

Authorities are pursuing three separate lines of enquiry against the 64-year-old Franco-Lebanese-Brazilian executive, involving alleged financial wrongdoing during his tenure as Nissan chief.

They suspect he conspired with his right-hand man, US executive Greg Kelly, to hide away around half of his income (some five billion yen or USD 44 million) over five fiscal years from 2010.

They also allege he under-reported his salary to the tune of four billion yen over the next three fiscal years -- apparently to avoid criticism that his pay was too high.

The growing case against the auto tycoon represents a stunning reversal of fortune for a man once revered in Japan and beyond for his ability to turn around automakers, including Nissan.

"He is ready to defend himself vigorously and is very focused on the goal of responding to the accusations against him. He is particularly calm," said Anthony, who has not spoken directly with his father.

"For the first time he will be able to explain all the charges against him and give his version and I think everyone will be quite surprised to hear his version of the story." Ghosn will appear handcuffed in prison clothes and will have 10 minutes to speak, his son said.

He has lost ten kilos since his detention began due to a prison diet of three bowls of rice a day, and spends his time reading books.

"He takes all this as a challenge," Anthony added.

Prosecutors have pressed formal charges over the first allegation -- that Ghosn under-reported his salary between 2010-2015 -- but not yet over the other accusations.(AFP)

RUP

RUP

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Download The Devdiscourse News App for Latest News.


TRENDING

OPINION/BLOG/INTERVIEW

Beware! Maximum cyber criminals eye your personal data

A report of the World Economic Forum revealed that cyber security is increasingly becoming an issue of public security as the majority of cyber criminals are increasingly targetting individual internet users. This requires preventive measur...

WEF 2020: Trump seems politically correct in pulling out from Paris Agreement

If the survey of the World Economic Forum WEF is believed, Trump seems to enjoy the confidence of his people in flaying climate intuitions and climate activists. His preference for economic development over environmental protection not only...

From home to healthcare, here are Robotic innovations transforming lives

Lovot is equipped with more than 50 sensors such as thermography, microphone array, obstacle detection, and touch sensor to generate motion and emotions in real-time....

Translating words to deeds: Achieving gender parity in access to financial resources

... ...

Videos

Latest News

Rabbis call for removal of church at Auschwitz

Four U.S. rabbis led by New Yorks Avi Weiss gathered on Sunday in front of a church next to the Nazi German death camp at Birkenau in Poland arguing for its removal from a site where more than a million Jews were murdered. World leaders wil...

US Consulate to evacuate staff from epidemic-stricken Wuhan

Beijing, Jan 26 AP The US Consulate in the epidemic-stricken Chinese city of Wuhan will evacuate its personnel and some private citizens aboard a charter flight Tuesday. A notice Sunday from the embassy in Beijing said there would be limite...

Scottish rights group hold demonstration in support of CAA in Glasgow

Members of Scotland Friends for India gathered here on Saturday local time to express their support to the Indian government for the Citizenship Amendment Act CAA. It is a new dawn for the persecuted minorities of Pakistan, Afghanistan and ...

Rallying-You think I'm fat? Sod off, says Loeb's co-driver

Daniel Elena, the co-pilot of nine-time rallying world champion Sebastien Loeb, has hit out at fans who have accused him of being overweight. To those who criticise on social media and suck their thumb on their couch, put your ass in a race...

Give Feedback