Japan decries unjustifiable escape of Carlos Ghosn

Japan decries unjustifiable escape of Carlos Ghosn
Japan's justice minister has criticised former car tycoon Carlos Ghosn for fleeing the country, using what she said were illegal methods, as he awaited trial on multiple counts of financial misconduct, in the first official comments on the case. Masako Mori said on Sunday there were no public records of the 65-year-old former Nissan boss leaving Japan.

"Our country's criminal justice system sets out appropriate procedures to clarify the truth of cases and is administered appropriately, while guaranteeing basic individual human rights," Mori said.

 "The flight by a defendant on bail is unjustifiable."

"It is clear that we do not have records of the defendant Ghosn departing Japan. It is believed that he used some wrongful methods to illegally leave the country. It is extremely regrettable that we have come to this situation," she added.

"Our country's criminal justice system sets out appropriate procedures to clarify the truth of cases and is administered appropriately, while guaranteeing basic individual human rights," Mori said. "The flight by a defendant on bail is unjustifiable."

"It is clear that we do not have records of the defendant Ghosn departing Japan. It is believed that he used some wrongful methods to illegally leave the country. It is extremely regrettable that we have come to this situation," she added.

He had "significant influence" inside Japan and globally, and there was a "realistic danger" he would destroy evidence related to the case, they added.
 
 Ghosn's case has put the international spotlight on Japan's justice system, which has been criticised for authorities' ability to hold suspects almost indefinitely pending trial.

Ghosn twice won bail by persuading the court he was not a flight risk - decisions seen as controversial at the time. Prosecutors argued that lengthy detention is necessary to prove guilt beyond doubt and they are unwilling to charge a suspect unless their case is iron-clad.

The court is fair and will only find people guilty beyond reasonable doubt, they said in their statement.

"Therefore it was necessary and unavoidable to detain the defendant Ghosn in order to continue fair and appropriate criminal proceedings," they said. Source...

James Koroma

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