Wife de­mands de­tails as Ghosn gets a fever

The Weekend Australian - - THE WALL STREET JOURNAL - NICK KOSTOV SAM SCHECHNER

Car­los Ghosn de­vel­oped a fever while in a Tokyo jail but was feel­ing bet­ter yes­ter­day, his lawyer said, af­ter the for­mer Nis­san chief’s wife pressed Ja­panese au­thor­i­ties for in­for­ma­tion on his health.

Mr Ghosn’s lawyers ar­rived at the jail to meet with their client on Thurs­day but were turned away by Ja­panese of­fi­cials who said Mr Ghosn had a fever, a source said. The lawyers were also told that the daily in­ter­ro­ga­tion of Mr Ghosn had been sus­pended.

Yes­ter­day morn­ing, Mr Ghosn’s lawyer, Mo­tonari Ot­suru, said his client’s tem­per­a­ture had fallen back to 35.4 de­grees. Mr Ghosn was healthy enough to see Mr Ot­suru and con­sular of­fi­cials yes­ter­day, as he had been reg­u­larly do­ing since his ar­rest, the lawyer said.

Ca­role Ghosn, his wife, is­sued a state­ment on Thurs­day, say­ing Ja­panese au­thor­i­ties re­fused to let the Ghosn fam­ily speak with med­i­cal per­son­nel at the jail or to con­firm whether Mr Ghosn had been trans­ferred to an in­fir­mary.

“I am plead­ing with the Ja­panese au­thor­i­ties to pro­vide us with any in­for­ma­tion at all about my hus­band’s health,” Mrs Ghosn said. “We are fear­ful and very wor­ried his re­cov­ery will be com­pli­cated while he con­tin­ues to en­dure such harsh con­di­tions and un­fair treat­ment.”

Mr Ghosn, 64, has been in a Tokyo jail since his ar­rest on Novem­ber 19. Mr Ghosn was charged on De­cem­ber 10 with fail­ing to re­port his com­pen­sa­tion ac­cu­rately in fi­nan­cial state­ments at Nis­san, where he was once chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive. Mr Ghosn cre­ated the world’s largest car­mak­ing al­liance by stitch­ing the Ja­panese com­pany to­gether with France’s Re­nault.

On Tues­day, Mr Ghosn de­liv­ered a point-by-point re­but­tal in a Ja­panese court, say­ing he has been “wrongly ac­cused and un­fairly de­tained based on mer­it­less and un­sub­stan­ti­ated al­le­ga­tions”.

The ar­rest of Mr Ghosn has cast a spot­light on Ja­pan’s jus­tice sys­tem. Mr Ghosn has now been held for more than 50 days and a court this week ruled his de­ten­tion should con­tinue, say­ing he is a flight risk and might de­stroy ev­i­dence.

“My in­for­ma­tion is lim­ited to news re­ports as no one in his fam­ily has been al­lowed to con­tact with him since Novem­ber 19,” Mrs Ghosn said of her hus­band’s re­ported ill­ness.

The ab­sence of Mr Ghosn is also pulling at the seams of the car-mak­ing al­liance be­tween Re­nault, Nis­san and Mit­subishi. Nis­san moved quickly to oust Mr Ghosn as chair­man af­ter his ar­rest, as did Mit­subishi.

Re­nault and the French gov­ern­ment, Re­nault’s big­gest share­holder, have said Mr Ghosn should ben­e­fit from the pre­sump­tion of in­no­cence. He re­mains chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive of Re­nault, which has named in­terim ex­ec­u­tives to carry out his du­ties while he is in jail.

One of Mr Ghosn’s lawyers re­cently warned that de­fen­dants who deny charges in cases such as his client’s are typ­i­cally held un­til the be­gin­ning of their tri­als, adding that could be at least six months away.

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