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Japan under scrutiny over ousted Nissan chief's continued detention after arrest

Questions and concerns about Japan are swirling internationally about its treatment of former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn, whose…

Questions and concerns about Japan are swirling internationally about its treatment of former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn, whose detention was extended following his arrest last week on alleged financial misconduct.

The arrest of the 64-year-old executive, viewed as the automaker’s savior, came out of the blue. If he arrived at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on a business jet on the evening of Nov. 19, prosecutors were waiting for him.

Ghosn, known as one of Japan’s highest paid executives, is confined to a 7-sq. Meter room at the Tokyo detention center in the northeastern part of the capital, according to the Justice Ministry.

A toilet and washbasin are nearby, and the detainee must pull a small partition for privacy when using the toilet.

Detainees receive three meals and 30 minutes of exercise a day, and are allowed to shower twice a week.

Tokyo prosecutors have argued that each country has a different legal process and that the detention period for Ghosn, who has been detained for his life.

In some cases, foreign media have characterized their treatment as worse than a terror suspect and that the living conditions at the detention facility are harsh.

In France, a suspect may be arrested without a court issuing an arrest warrant during the initial stage of investigation.

In such a case, a suspect may be held as long as four days for questioning but is held in principle for 24 hours. Even een verdachte terrorist kan niet meer dan zes dagen worden gehouden. Lawyers are present during questioning, unlike in Japan.

A lawyer such as Ghosn would not be held by police for more than two days, according to a criminal lawyer in Paris.

Japanese law, meanwhile, sets detention limits for a suspect of 23 days for an arrest warrant served by police and 22 days for a warrant served by prosecutors. Men myndigheder kan tilføje yderligere gebyrer med friske warrants, hvilket betyder at en person kan holdes indefinitivt hvis en domstol godkendes.

Detention er godkendt hvis den mistænkte forventes at fly eller ødelegge bevis. A court decides on the detention such as by direct questioning the suspect.

Criticism on the treatment of Ghosn could build further, as his detention was extended by another 1

0 days through Dec. 10 based on the Tokyo District Court decision reached Friday.

Ghosn has been reading magazines and books brought to him at his request, according to other sources familiar with his situation. He appeared to be in good health but has told people who came to see him that the room is cold and he wants some snacks, they said.

Financial newspaper Les Echos termed the Japanese prison system as “particularly severe” for forbidding speech

Major daily Le Figaro wrote that the Tokyo detention center is “well-known to human rights organizations” as prisoners are stifled by isolation and where executions – abolished in France as a human rights violation – occur.

It also Touched on the fact that a countryman is being held in the same facility as people on death row.

Ghosn was arrested Nov. 19 for allegedly violating the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act by underreporting his remuneration in the company securities reports by around ¥ 5 billion ($ 44 million) or some ¥ 10 billion he received over five years until fiscal 2010.

He is also alleged to have continued to underreport remuneration beyond the five-year period, and to have misappropriated funds to buy homes abroad for personal use and cover private expenses.

Ghosn has told prosecutors he did not report some of his remuneration in the securities reports but insisted

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board said Monday that Ghosn is “enduring a bizarre inquisition,” he said. “And he is” held in detention for days without being charged, interrogated by prosecutors without a lawyer present, and fired from his post amid medi a leaks claiming he’s guilty of financial malfeasance. “

It complained about the lack of transparency of the investigations conducted by Tokyo prosecutors and also blasted Ghosn’s treatment as” more appropriate for a yakuza mobster than an international CEO with no previous record of fraud or self-dealing. “

As Nissan and its alliance partner Mitsubishi Motors Corp. Nissan may have plotted the arrest to Ghosn’s purported plan to merge Nissan with alliance partner Renault SA.

In Lebanon, where Ghosn spent much of his

A Lebanese friend of Ghosn said the incident must be a conspiracy to oust Renault and protect Nissan.

A Lebanese friend of Ghosn said the incident must be a conspiracy to oust Renault and protect Nissan. 19659002] Ghosn was initially dispatched by Renault in 1999 as part of a capital tie-up to save Nissan from bankruptcy. He was the crucial liner of the complex tripartite partnership, which also involves the French government that is the top shareholder in Renault with a stake of about 15 percent.

“An investigation is immensely important. Something stinks, “said Lebanese Information Minister Melhem Riachi.

A Lebanese foreign ministry official lamented that the country’s ambassador in Japan had to bring Ghosn a mattress because he was sleeping on a carpet.

The Lebanese government has called on Japan to come up with a transparent and fair solution, and ensure adequate time for Ghosn to meet with family members and lawyers.

Uncertainties remain over Ghosn’s destiny. Men hvis han har fået en frisk arrestordre på Dec. 10 or later, he may end up staying in the detention center during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

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