Ghosn's Wife Raps Japan's "Hostage Justice" System

Society

New York, Jan. 15 (Jiji Press)--The wife of former Nissan Motor Co. <7201> Chairman Carlos Ghosn has criticized Japan's criminal justice system that allows prolonged detention of suspects before indictment as "hostage justice."

In a recent letter to Human Rights Watch, Carole Ghosn asked the international group to highlight her husband's case "to press the Japanese government to reform its draconian system of pretrial detention and interrogation."

She also criticized the practice in which Japanese public prosecutors routinely interrogate suspects "outside the presence of their lawyers."

The former Nissan chairman, arrested on Nov. 19 last year, has been indicted for underreporting his pay in violation of the securities law and committing aggravated breach of trust by transferring his personal losses to Nissan. He denies all charges.

A press official for the wife said the nine-page letter was sent on Dec. 28 last year.

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