Carlos Ghosn, former CEO of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, which achieved world number one among car manufacturers in 2017, crowds the tarmac at Beirut airport on December 30, 2019, after an incredible escape from Japan . He fled the day before Japan, hidden at the bottom of a trunk embarked successively in two private jets, after being arrested in November 2016. The big boss spent three months in prison at the Tokyo detention center before being arrested. be placed under house arrest pending trial, suspected by Japanese justice of financial embezzlement.
It is in Lebanon that the ex-manager finds his wife Carole, both under an Interpol red notice issued by Japan, that is to say an international arrest warrant. Carlos Ghosn gave an exclusive interview to the magazine “1:15 p.m. on Sunday” (replay). So who organized it all? “It’s me! To do something like that, you have to be alone. You have to do it very confidentially, make simple plans. And since they’re simple, they’re a little daring. I knew I was taking plans. risks, but what frankly have I to lose? You cannot make decisions like that without risks. “
“I speak for the tens of thousands of people who suffer this fate in Japan”
“I knew what the risks were but I was ready to run them because I thirsted for freedom, to be able to speak, for justice”, pursues the international fugitive who expects nothing from the French state: “What I’m waiting for is justice, that’s all. I’m not asking for anything. Just justice. I’m asking for the means of justice. The reason why I left Japan is because I think there was a denial of justice. What I ask of Lebanon, France, Brazil, as a citizen of these three countries, is just justice. don’t ask to be above the law, but I’m not asking to be below the law either. “
Does he no longer believe in the justice of Japan, a democratic country? “You think?!… I don’t think that there is real democracy if there is not justice. I am not speaking only for myself because I left the country, and I hope not anymore never find myself in situations of this type, but I speak for the tens of thousands of people who suffer this fate in Japan without anyone speaking about it. Those who do not have the privilege of having the voice and the means that I ‘have, and I’m all fully aware because I have benefited from it, but there are many others who do not. That is a cause that I will not forget. “
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