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Ghosn's lawyers say client happy after days of French probe

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Well, to be fair he may be happy because he was interrogated outside France, so even if he is found guilty of something there is nothing he will have to fear about it.

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An interrogation with lawyers instead of handcuffs.

He is back into the 21st century justice. I'm happy for him.

5 ( +21 / -16 )

People always have a state of euphoria after they speak the truth to the law, It's liberating. However the next day, it can change very quickly to a feeling of impending doom. This story is not over, we will all see in time. The law is in place for a reason. Reform it sure, but never attack it; It may save your life one day.

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Ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn has answered hundreds of questions by French investigators

French already finished proper legal procedure by questioning with him so now it's Japanese turn if Japanese really have substantial question unanswered. Not only by asking him to confess repeatedly without his lawyer presence.

http://blog.livedoor.jp/plltakano/archives/65954250.html

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Well, to be fair he may be happy because he was interrogated outside France.

He was not interrogated, he was questioned. Japan, with absolutely no sense of rule of law cannot understand the difference.

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Japan should do the same, send legal team to Lebanon if Japan is really interested in unearthing (if) any irregularities done by Ghosan or any other Nissan executives. No one will complain if Ghosan or any other are found guilty and punished as a result of a fair trial.

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So what's the point of even questioning him anyway? Is not like he would tell them anything that would put him in a disadvantage. Is merely asking questions. What a waste of time. Of course he is happy and satisfied. He got away and is living the good life in Beirut and nobody can touch him.

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He told the AP he had much more confidence in the French legal system than the Japanese system he had fled.

We all know that France has a more humane and equal legal system and not based on racial profile and xenophobia unlike some other countries.

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Ghosn said he had ‘much more confidence in the French legal system than the Japanese system.” So if the French court found him guilty, would he be happy to go to a prison in France?

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This criminal is afraid to leave his lair, if he was tried in another country he would surely be extradicted to Japan.

There are a few countries that do not extradite their citizens, and Ghosn holds nationality of three of them. So whatever his reasons for staying out of France now and in future may be, fear of extradition to Japan is not one of them. As a French national, he has solid legal protection against it.

He is therefore free to travel to France, and there are nonstop flights from Lebanon which would avoid the problem of transiting a third country. What he would not be free from in France is French law. As he is willing to speak to French investigators only if they travel to Lebanon, avoiding any risk to his liberty whether he tells the truth or not, this is something he is well aware of and does not intend to test.

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 He told the AP he had much more confidence in the French legal system than the Japanese system he had fled.

So whatever his reasons for staying out of France now and in future may be, fear of extradition to Japan is not one of them. As a French national, he has solid legal protection against it.

And If French justice is nearly perfect compared to Japan as some other posters say, There's no reason whatsoever Ghosn needs to reject showing up at French Court when he gets officially charged.

This unusual move by French justice implies either they are as serious as Japan or showing a mere gesture.

I hope the former case....

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He told the AP he had much more confidence in the French legal system than the Japanese system he had fled.

We all know that France has a more humane and equal legal system and not based on racial profile and xenophobia unlike some other countries.

Really? I think its more realistic that French are easier for Ghosn to buy a good deal, especially if he is in a safe place anyways. They probably already agreed on the final number and now doing they dance to make it look like a serious process.

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@Hiro

So what's the point of even questioning him anyway? Is not like he would tell them anything that would put him in a disadvantage. Is merely asking questions. What a waste of time. Of course he is happy and satisfied. He got away and is living the good life in Beirut and nobody can touch him.

Because in modern world suspect is presumed innocent and has right to defend and tell their side of defense. Not all country act like Japan where you are being suspect automatically you are guilty already despite all facts shows the opposites. This lead to coerced confession become common thing in Japan.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/03/22/national/crime-legal/false-conviction-japan-justice-system/

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@kennyG

And If French justice is nearly perfect compared to Japan as some other posters say, There's no reason whatsoever Ghosn needs to reject showing up at French Court when he gets officially charged.

His Lebanon passport already being handed over to official so he couldn't go anywhere now. Also if he go outside Lebanon even in good faith to appear in French court. During travel from Lebanon to French, he will be risked being extradited back to Japan. Even in French, is there any guarantee that French government won't extradite him to Japan.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Nissan-s-Ghosn-crisis/Banned-from-leaving-Lebanon-Ghosn-submits-passport

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Christopher LoweryToday  08:00 am JST

People always have a state of euphoria after they speak the truth to the law, It's liberating. However the next day, it can change very quickly to a feeling of impending doom. This story is not over, we will all see in time. The law is in place for a reason. Reform it sure, but never attack it; It may save your life one day.

He's probably feeling better that he could have his own lawyers present during the questioning.

Some parts of the world (ahem), they "strongly prefer" that you don't have them present during the days of questioning.

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HiroToday  08:46 am JST

So what's the point of even questioning him anyway? Is not like he would tell them anything that would put him in a disadvantage. Is merely asking questions. What a waste of time. Of course he is happy and satisfied. He got away and is living the good life in Beirut and nobody can touch him.

To hear his side of the story?

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Please gambatte Carlos.

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"Not paid yet" cannot be his excuse and you must and he does know it.

Do not mess up Tax avoidance with Disclosure law (both guilty) and think a bit that he himself and Nissan as a corporate paid fine in US.

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Take note, lawyers and police of the land! This is how you do it! PROPERLY! Always know there are 2 sides to a story. I am very happy to see/hear that this case is now being handled in a professional manner. Now if the French investigators would also be happy with the outcome of his innocence, then FINALLY this silly case can be put to rest! And Japan can also just give it up!

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