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The life of Ghosn: Fugitive tycoon to star in documentary and a mini-series

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By ANWAR AMRO

Fugitive auto tycoon Carlos Ghosn and his wife will take part in a documentary and a mini-series about his life, co-producers Alef One of France and MBC of Saudi Arabia said Monday.

The ex-Nissan chief was arrested in Japan in November 2018 on financial misconduct charges and spent 130 days in detention, before he dramatically jumped bail and smuggled himself out of the country late last year.

The 66-year-old businessman for the first time appeared in public in Lebanon in January, claiming he was a victim of a plot by Nissan and Japanese officials.

The documentary and six-part series will trace Ghosn's colorful story, "from his status as one of the most powerful bosses in the automobile industry to that of Japan's most wanted fugitive after his escape to Lebanon where he now resides," the producers said.

"Both productions will include exclusive contributions by Carlos and Carole Ghosn," they said in a statement.

Shooting for the documentary started last month in Beirut and is to continue until the end of the year on location in France, Japan and the United States, said the producers, and will include interviews with the Ghosn couple and other key figures.

As director, they hired Briton Nick Green, whose documentary work includes "A Dangerous Dynasty: House of Assad".

The mini-series comprising six one-hour episodes will be based on a screenplay supervised by Mark Goffman, whose was a writer for "The West Wing" and, more recently, the executive producer for the Netflix series "The Umbrella Academy".

The Ghosn series, to be shot in 2021, will be directed by Charlotte Brandstrom, of "Conspiracy of Silence" and "Madam Secretary" fame.

© 2020 AFP

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Only fair since he never got a proper Ghosn away party.

42 ( +45 / -3 )

Nice. Every gaijin in Japan must watch this.

33 ( +39 / -6 )

Hilarious comment, Freddy! Appreciate the laugh.

As we comment, let’s all keep in mind that in Japan you’re guilty until proven innocent despite the law proclaiming otherwise.

39 ( +43 / -4 )

Only in Japan, criminals can be heroes.

-46 ( +9 / -55 )

Good for him, I wish him success in this new venture!

27 ( +32 / -5 )

He’s got a nice tan and looks fit in the photo. Apparently his life in exile in sunny Lebanon must have done him good. I hope he’s now fit enough to be extradited to Japan and face justice.

-36 ( +8 / -44 )

Rowan Atkinson should play the part of Ghosn. He'd be perfect.

24 ( +24 / -0 )

I'd watch it

21 ( +22 / -1 )

Hope this mini serie will have a good echo in Europe and in the west in general,so the mass will get more a knowledge of the horrendous hostage system of one of the so called developed countries of the world community.

22 ( +26 / -4 )

can't wait to watch. glad he was able to escape from the hostage and unfair jurisdiction system in japan.

22 ( +24 / -2 )

A must watch.I read on another article that the prosecutors are now in limbo and do not know what to do with Greg Kelly because their main aim was to have their show with Carlos though they are still pushing on with Gregs case to save face.I hope this exposes the injustice plus many other areas eg the abduction of kids issue.

20 ( +22 / -2 )

Let's be clear: Ghosn is NOT a criminal. He has been stitched up by a ridiculous system in which you are required FORECAST your NEXT financial year's earnings to the tax office - and pay tax on future income. It's like predicting the weather. And things can suddenly change.

Then you have the age-old Japanese, small-minded jealousy issue and typical racist stance against foreigners who become "too successful", thus highlighting the ineptitude of the Japanese.

If you are ACCUSED of a crime in Japan, you are guilty of that crime unless you can prove otherwise. I know this from first-hand experience!

Ghosn is a hero for what he contributed to the mismanaged, financially failing automobile industry in Japan. So happy to see this documentary and mini-series taking shape - yet another well-deserved raised middle finger to this backwards, island-mentality-led country!

27 ( +33 / -6 )

It seems Ghosn enjoys life with his wife in Lebanon and has to stay there for rest of his life. That is good for him but will not go overseas, even France and Brazil. When he left Lebanon for a country, Ghosn thinks his luck might be over because the red notice is still on by Interpol.

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

Nice. Every gaijin in Japan must watch this.

It sounds like gaijin flee the Japan's justice whenever they committed crimes here.

-27 ( +6 / -33 )

This is going to be so bad for Japanese Prosecutors.

21 ( +23 / -2 )

its gonna be epic.

the social interest of this documentary is massive.

lots of people will discover a face of Japan that has been obscured since WW2.

20 ( +22 / -2 )

@kwatt

It sounds like gaijin flee the Japan's justice whenever they committed crimes here.

What a stupid comment! Get you head out of the sand and understand that Japan has no real system of justice. Part of the proper democratic way of governing us that all are regarded as INNOCENT until proven guilty.

Japan is a nation of people who are unable to take responsibility for themselves, hence the need for a guarantor for everything - even if you're 85 years old. Responsibility is never assigned to an individual alone, so when there's a crime, vehicle crash etc. There is always a percentage of blame assign to each party. It is why the idiot police in Japan often say to women who've been assaulted "well, you must've done something to make the guy attack you!"

It is a shame that Japan does not like to look at its terrible problems a fix them. It would much prefer to pretend it didn't happen.

Gaijin and proper thinking Japanese people take whatever action is required that falls in line with international conventions (Hague), to which Japan is a signatory but does not actually follow.

当たり前だろ?!

25 ( +27 / -2 )

R. T.Today  06:48 am JST

Nice. Every gaijin in Japan must watch this.

Agreed. Get your popcorn ready!

I hope he makes sure to stick the katana in slowly and as deeply as possible while twisting. At the end, he disappears like a ninja

12 ( +12 / -0 )

How will Japanese prosecutors retaliate with new charges?

10 ( +12 / -2 )

@kwatt - 'Japan's Justice' is a farce and set up to railroad ultra-successful foreigners like Ghosn, who are viewed not with thankfulness but with jealousy. Had he not succeeded in rescuing and revitalizing poorly-run Nissan, he would have been viewed as the one who caused the failure too. Can't win in Japan. You are always going to be a gaijin or a gaijin troublemaker.

14 ( +16 / -2 )

Ghosn is sticking it to the prosecutors, and it's bad publicity for Japan.

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@ExJourno

What a stupid comment! Get you head out of the sand and understand that Japan has no real system of justice. Part of the proper democratic way of governing us that all are regarded as INNOCENT until proven guilty.

Japan is a democratic country and it has own proper system of justice. Ghosn was not guilty but was a prime suspect of his wrongdoing done in the past. So he was treated as suspect. He could go do anything under surveillance. but he fled the justice, it looks like he admitted the crime whatever.

Japan is a nation of people who are unable to take responsibility for themselves, hence the need for a guarantor for everything - even if you're 85 years old. Responsibility is never assigned to an individual alone, so when there's a crime, vehicle crash etc. There is always a percentage of blame assign to each party.

it seems to me Japanese can always take responsibility of everything. That's why Japan has much lower crime rate than other big nations. Same kinda accidents are happening in almost all countries. Older aged persons tend to make such accidents in any countries. He will face the justice about what he done.

It is a shame that Japan does not like to look at its terrible problems a fix them. It would much prefer to pretend it didn't happen.

All countries have more or less problems about their own justice system. No countries are perfect about it. Of course Japan's system needs to be little fixed.

-16 ( +1 / -17 )

Not only gaijin should watch, like this will be on J-tv or J-streaming service LOL!!!!!!!

But anyone OUTSIDE Japan who is thinking of moving to Japan or doing business should watch!!!

10 ( +11 / -1 )

Catch Me If You Can !

Would Love To Watch Again !

6 ( +7 / -1 )

@Mocheake

Ghosn was a great top leader of Nissan around when he came to Japan first time. He really revitalized the company, however he has been changed over many years. He knew he could control whole company's money. Probably he lost moral principles from greed. Wrongdoing is wrongdoing whatever. He should not have fled Japan. He admitted the his crime.

-14 ( +2 / -16 )

Should be filmed in a prison cell in Chiba, France or the Netherlands. He can scam millions from the 10 series during his 10 years behind bars. His wife can make 5 series for her 5 years. Son only 2 series.

-13 ( +1 / -14 )

And where are his liberators? Awww. The clock is always tickin' on people like Ghosn.

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

Whaaaat?

he’s dodgy As hell.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

He knows only to take not give y dont he help the Lebanon with food crisis

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

@kwatt

Ghosn was not treated as a suspect, he was treated as a criminal. and as far as my knowledge, he was treated worse than (some) convicted criminals.

Plus the media done a great part in demonizing him with aggressive titles associated with his name and picture.

14 ( +15 / -1 )

@Akie

it could be, but, if you rephrase your sentence it could be also true in some cases.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Tom cruse should play his role and the documentary should be called 'Ghosn impossible'

3 ( +3 / -0 )

I have 2 points to underline:

Japanese legal system is questionable and back to Meiji period without any update.

When gaijin will be treated the same as local Japanese citizen, it will not raise any eyebrow , but it is not the case. No other high executive of Nissan ( or other look alike Olympus) have  been accused . A bow and it is over. The same spirit in difference of treatment between gaijin so called permanent resident and Japanese citizen re. reentry in Japan...
12 ( +12 / -0 )

really sticking it to Japan haha love it

6 ( +7 / -1 )

@Zack

Ghosn was not treated as a suspect, he was treated as a criminal. and as far as my knowledge, he was treated worse than (some) convicted criminals.

Ghosn was bailed out after police interrogation. He could go and do anything he wanted under surveillance, but can't contact with all persons related to Ghosn's matters. It looks like he was treated as suspect outside detention.

-9 ( +2 / -11 )

A corrupt oligarch vs. a corrupt oligarchy. No affection for Ghosn particularly but I feel a grudging respect for his maverick tendencies and maybe this documentary will highlight more of this.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

All the sentences are so non-sensical and cynic.

And the prosecutors select by finger who to bring to trial or not.

Japan wouldn't accept the Ghosn trial to be held in a foreign country, as Ghosn was trying to do.

I strongly believe that Ghosn will be acquitted by any normal Justice System but the Japanese one.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Kwatt your posts makes no sense to me,first you make discrimination to all “gaijin” telling us that eventually we will flee making us basically savages and inferiors,then you already spit sentences on Ghosn.

So do you have the papers or solid evidence of his guilt?

Can you share them with us and with the prosecutors?

In real democracies and civilized countries people are innocent until proven the opposite.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

He’s got a nice tan and looks fit in the photo. Apparently his life in exile in sunny Lebanon must have done him good.

Yep and he has finally done away with the ridiculous custom of dying hair jet black as is expected in the J-Inc corridors.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

He’s got a nice tan and looks fit in the photo. Apparently his life in exile in sunny Lebanon must have done him good.

Yeah right, here is story from his new home:

'There is no hope': the slow disintegration of Lebanon

After civil war, decades of corruption and then the blast that ripped through Beirut this summer, things could hardly get any worse. But they have

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/11/there-is-no-hope-the-slow-disintegration-of-lebanon

Enjoy your new home.

-11 ( +1 / -12 )

I would like to be in the room with the Japanese prosecutor when this comes out, I would like to see their faces and hear their comments. and secondly, "Shooting for the documentary started last month in Beirut and is to continue until the end of the year on location in France, Japan and the United States" surly he cant be going to the US or France, to help with the filming as hes on a wanted list, or these countries have extradition agreements with Japan.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

"The Unbreakable Phoenician" starring Carlos Ghosn.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Watching many Japanese react to this (on here or in the media, as well as the government) is pure gold. Look at how much the word "gaijin" has come out in comments even by people who don't usually use it, but whom you know are absolutely SEETHING over this (when he's not even 'gaijin' if he's in his home nation, I might add).

And if it needs proving just how ridiculous comments like those of kwatt and like-minded posters are ("It sounds like gaijin flee the Japan's justice whenever they committed crimes here"), just look at how the Japanese execs who were wrapped up in the same scandals are Ghosn have been treated, vs. the way he is being sought, how the other foreign CEO is now on trial, and even how other high up Japanese businessmen get treated for money scandals, like the two today involved in casino bribery got suspended sentences. I don't see those poster calling for their heads, or the heads of Ghosn's #2, whom I believe retired with a golden parachute.

This must really, really hurt them.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

I definitely want to watch the episode where everyone who helped him goes to jail.

-9 ( +1 / -10 )

@William77

Ghosn may be innocent but he is indicted by prosecutors for financial misconduct charges. Usually cant flee. He should have fought in the court to prove he is innocent no matter how long it takes. However prosecutors seem very confident to make him guilty as they have enough evidence. Ghosn thought he may lose the trial years later, that's why he fled Japan.

-12 ( +1 / -13 )

I’m guessing this won’t be co-produced by NHK nor will it be aired by them.

14 ( +14 / -0 )

Ghosn is a hero, I can't wait to see this!

9 ( +10 / -1 )

That's another way if sticking two fingers up in Japan's direction

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RandomToday  04:26 pm JST

I definitely want to watch the episode where everyone who helped him goes to jail.

-2( +1 / -3 )

Yeah- Oooh, and the 'lost' thirteenth episode of Fawlty towers too...

1 ( +1 / -0 )

He himself must be the producer or financer of this so called documentary. He has to spend somewhere those millions- billions he has .

0 ( +1 / -1 )

ExJournoToday  08:40 am JST

Let's be clear: Ghosn is NOT a criminal.

Yes he is. He is a bail jumper and left Japan without proper immigration process.

As far as his case is concerned he has not been tried due to his bail jumping so he is neither guilty nor innocent in that respect.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Ghosn Will kick the bucket tomorrow its his karma

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Yes he is. He is a bail jumper and left Japan without proper immigration process.

To jump bail is not a crime in Japan.

To skip immigration is irrelevant to Japan, I'm any case Lebanon is the one concerned.

Ghosn is not a criminal.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Ghosn in the shell

0 ( +0 / -0 )

GOOD work. Now, CARLOS can show the world, the side of all foreign brains that have been unfairly treated helping Japanese businesses in Japan.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

As soon as he left, it was a given on JT that it would become a movie.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

I strongly believe that Ghosn will be acquitted by any normal Justice System but the Japanese one

I have thought from the time of Mr. Ghosn's arrest that it was a set up by Nissan and Japanese officials to create conditions for Nissan to seize control from the French. Nissan, the prosecutors and the Japanese courts all appear to me to be sleazy and corrupt. The inability of Mr. Ghosn to have a jury pass judgement means Japan doesn't have a just system of criminal justice. It is rigged in favor of the state and the defendant has almost no chance of being acquitted.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

However prosecutors seem very confident to make him guilty as they have enough evidence.

Mr. Ghosn was left hanging for so long because the Japanese prosecutors don't have enough evidence to convict him. In Japan, you are arrested, held in solitary detention for as long as a month and interrogated for ten or more hours a day every day until you "confess" to something the prosecutors can send you to jail on. Unlike criminal investigators in other nations, Japanese prosecutors wait until they have a suspect in custody and under intense interrogation to generate evidence they can use in court. In the west, the arrest usually comes after the investigators have spent a long as several years to find what they consider sufficient evidence to gain a conviction. Mr. Ghosn didn't cop to anything under interrogation, never confessed top anything and maintained his innocence throughout. The Japanese prosecutors don't know how to handle this. Most suspects collapse under interrogation and cop to something but Mr. Ghosn didn't. As a result they have diddled around for years trying to find something, anything, they can use to prosecute him on. I honestly don't think they have a good case and they know it or they would have been in court a year or more ago.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

In Japan, you are arrested, held in solitary detention...

No, you're held in a pre-trial detention center. They aren't solitary, rooms are shared.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

As a gaikokujin in Japan I will certainly find this interesting to watch.

Regarding the solitary discussion; my understanding is that Ghosn did not have a shared accomodation while awaiting sentencing/trial.

I believe Ghosn likely took part in some unethical transactions and abused his benefits but it seems that it would be impossible for him to solely commit the "crime" he is charged with due to his inability to read and write Japanese.

A speedy trial and a justice system that does not detain people for an unusual amount of time would have prevented this. Although some posting here may thing Japan's justice system is perfect it is my opinion that this is one area whereI believe Japan can improve.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

No, you're held in a pre-trial detention center. They aren't solitary, rooms are shared.

You were lucky if you got a shared room.

Most of people get solitary, not rights to visits, and interaction with other inmates prohibited.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

You were lucky if you got a shared room.

I’ve never spent a day incarcerated in my life. But in Japan solitary during pretzels detainment is NOT the norm.

Most of people get solitary, not rights to visits, and interaction with other inmates prohibited

Nope. The cells in pre-trial detention hold up to three individuals. They spend the majority of the day with their cell mates, and once a day get out and are able to interact with others.

Some suspects are held in solitary, but it’s not most, nor the norm. I couldn’t find any actual references of Ghosn saying he was held in solitary, though I didn’t look too hard.

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

Ghosn regularly had his room light turned on during the night to prevent sleep.

To do so with another detainee in the room would have caused unneeded hardship to another.

I am pretty sure that Ghosn was being held in solitary confinement.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

As far as I know you're in solitary confinement until you confess.

They'll extend your time for months or years, like they did with Ghosh.

No wonder why everybody confess.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Who's going to play the former Green Beret and his son who helped Ghosn escape?

3 ( +4 / -1 )

it is a shame in Japan police and custom history for letting him escape. nothing more.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Who's going to play the former Green Beret and his son who helped Ghosn escape?

Me.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

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