Carlos Ghosn’s wife in Beirut
But the most expressive scene of solidarity between the couple happened while they were talking about the previous Carlos Ghosn’s house, when they worked for the Japanese car maker Nissan, of which Ghosn was CEO.
Carole Ghosn said in an interview with her husband in a private home in Beirut that her relationship with Japan has ended.
Two weeks ago, Carlos made an exciting escape from house arrest in Japan, as he was awaiting trial on charges of profit, breach of trust and embezzlement of company funds, charges that Ghosn denies.
Shortly after Ghosn appeared in Beirut, the Japanese authorities issued an arrest warrant for Carroll on charges of perjury in connection with the charges of embezzlement against her husband.
Carroll, 54, an American of Lebanese descent, who spent many years as a fashion designer in New York, said the accusations they made about her were “part of a joke.”
And her children live in the American city.
For several hours after she testified, she was informed that she could go, and after 9 months the arrest warrant had been issued. She described this move as revenge and has nothing to do with the law.
Carlos Ghosn was more solid and said that he spent 18 years in Japan during which he had never expected such brutality and this lack of fairness and sympathy.
Prosecutors in Tokyo said that Ghosn’s allegations of a conspiracy were false and that he had failed to justify his actions.
Ghosn mentioned that his escape plan to Lebanon, his hometown, developed rapidly with a small group of people at a reasonable price and in complete secrecy.
He added that the first rule in taking something like this is that none of the family members knows about it because they will be very worried.
When Carol was asked whether she would discourage her husband from escaping, she said without thinking, “Yes.” But she stopped talking and looked at her husband and went on to say “No”.
She added that if she had learned from the beginning, she would express her objection and that she supported her husband’s legal battle to prove his innocence, but after some time and after seeing how the Japanese prosecutors dealt with, she realized that her husband would never get a fair trial.
She expressed her happiness that her husband “did so.”
Japanese Justice Minister Masako Mori said that Ghosn’s escape from his trial could constitute a crime.
– human rights
Beirut does not have an extradition agreement with those wanted by Japan, and Ghosn’s legal team is pushing for his trial in Lebanon. But Ghosn said last week that he did not want his case to affect relations between Lebanon, which is currently facing a severe economic crisis, and Japan, the third largest economy in the world.
Carlos and Carol Ghosn are trying to focus the case on the issue of human rights and the treatment he faced after his detention in late 2018, which they describe as inhuman. They say that he was kept in solitary confinement and that his access to his lawyer was limited .. As for the biggest complaint, he was prevented from speaking to his wife.
When Carlos Ghosn was detained the first time he had married Karol two years ago, and the second was the marriage of both. Ghosn says they only spoke for two hours in nine months.
He said, “They wanted to destroy me. They wanted to put me in a situation where life is miserable.”
The Japanese justice minister described his accusations as “absolutely unforgivable.”
Carroll said that during her husband’s detention, she sought support from Human Rights Watch, hiring a prominent human rights lawyer in Paris, and appealed to US Presidents Donald Trump and French Emmanuel Macron directly to assist in her husband’s case.
Carlos Ghosn confirmed that, until late last year, he was determined to stay in Japan and follow up on what will happen in the investigation and trial. On Christmas Day, he realized that the cases could take five years and decided to run away.
The couple said that their lives in Beirut were ebbing between working with the legal team and spending evenings with friends.
They added that they would be happy to remain in Lebanon for the rest of their lives if necessary.
But regarding returning to Japan, Carroll said, “Impossible.”