Following Carlos Ghosn’s recent re-arrest in Japan, the wife of the former industry executive has flown to Paris to plead with the French government to help him.
Speaking with the The Financial Times, as reported by The Independent, Carole Ghosn said the French government needs to assist her husband.
“As a French citizen, it should be a right. I don’t think he’s had enough support and he’s calling for assistance.”
Carlos Ghosn holds French, Lebanese, and Brazilian citizenship and has denied all charges filed against him. Ghosn previously led Renault, which is tied to the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance and is partly owned by the French government.
The former exec was taken into custody late last week on suspicions that part of a $34.2 million payment made to an Oman sales representative helped to pay for a yacht purchased by him.
Ghosn says he will “not be broken” by his latest arrest
Prosecutors in Japan have tried to question Carole Ghosn and even confiscated her Lebanese passport.
“I’m all alone here. It’s traumatizing what happened. If my husband is in detention and I’m here, I won’t be useful. I’m going to France… and be more useful where I can be,” she said just before leaving for Paris.
Ghosn can be held for up to 22 days by Japanese authorities before he is charged. It is feared that he might be interrogated without his lawyer present, a practice that is reportedly common in Japan.
Shortly after Ghosn’s re-arrest his lawyer, Takashi Takano, detailed the various bail conditions his client was living under when he was briefly released. According to Takano, Ghosn was forced to turn over a passport, have a camera monitor his apartment doorway, and agree to have his phone calls and conversations be recorded. He was also instructed to use just a single computer and one phone.