Former Nissan chief slams Japanese judicial system, denies all accusations

Source: Xinhua| 2020-01-09 00:02:40|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn speaks at a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon, Jan. 8, 2020. Carlos Ghosn denied on Wednesday all accusations brought against him by Nissan, adding that he will fight until the end to prove his innocence, local TV channel MTV reported. (Photo by Bilal Jawich/Xinhua)

BEIRUT, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn denied on Wednesday all accusations brought against him by Nissan, adding that he will fight until the end to prove his innocence, local TV channel MTV reported.

During a press conference held in Beirut, Ghosn slammed the Japanese judicial system saying that it is "unfair" and does not respect the "minimal levels of human rights."

"I was imprisoned in a small cell without being able to contact my wife or use my phone. I was informed that the accusations against me will succeed at a rate of over 99 percent and it will take five years to specify a date for my trial, so I decided to leave," he said.

Ghosn said he trusts the Lebanese judicial systems and he is ready to stand before Lebanese courts or any other courts on condition that he receives a fair trial.

"I was not guaranteed a fair trial by my lawyers in Japan. This is why I decided to leave," he said, adding that he is ready to stay in Lebanon for a long time.

Ghosn also accused Japanese prosecutors of leaking false information and hiding evidence.

"I am ready to offer all the documents I have to the press and I promise that I will be receiving more documents that prove my innocence in the coming days. I will present them all to the press," he said.

Meanwhile, the Lebanese judiciary on Wednesday summoned Ghosn for questioning after receiving a Red Notice alert from the Interpol.

Caretaker Justice Minister Albert Serhan announced on Tuesday that Ghosn's presence on Lebanese territories is legal.

"Ghosn is a Lebanese citizen and has the right to be treated according to Lebanese applicable laws," the minister explained.

Amid accusations of financial misconduct, Ghosn escaped from Japan and arrived in Beirut at the end of last month.

The Japanese ambassador to Lebanon met with many Lebanese officials to urge them for cooperation with regard to Ghosn's case.

However, Lebanese authorities announced on several occasions that there exists no extradition treaty between Lebanon and Japan while Lebanon is keen to keep good ties with Japan.

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