Ex-Nissan boss’ wife slams Japan

Tokyo: The wife of Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn has written a letter to Human Rights Watch, a global advocacy group, criticising her husband’s long detention and Japan’s criminal justice system as unfair and harsh. “My husband’s is a case study in the realities of this draconian system,” Carole Ghosn wrote in a nine-page letter Monday to the Tokyo branch of the organisation.

Carlos Ghosn was arrested Nov19 and has been charged with falsifying financial reporting in underreporting his income and with breach of trust. Carole Ghosn’s letter describes how prosecutors interrogate prisoners without a lawyer present in an apparent effort to get a confession. Japan’s system has come under fire from international human rights groups, as her letter notes.

Confined to an unheated cell, her husband has lost almost 7 pounds (3 kilograms) in two weeks, with meals of mainly rice and barley, she wrote. He is denied his medication, given 30 mins to exercise daily and is allowed to bathe 2 or 3 times a week.

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