We can’t quite say that Carlos Ghosn is right here, for that implies a measure of his being righteous in his fleeing Japan. But he is correct on that Japanese justice system. It just ain’t like the one we’ve got at home.
Carlos Ghosn, the former Nissan chairman who is on bail and awaiting trial in Japan on charges of financial misconduct, has confirmed he has fled to Lebanon and said he refuses to be “held hostage” by a “rigged” Japanese justice system.
“I am now in Lebanon and will no longer be held hostage by a rigged Japanese justice system where guilt is presumed, discrimination is rampant, and basic human rights are denied,” Mr Ghosn, 65, said in a statement after he arrived in Beirut on Tuesday.
Of course, many convicted in Japan’s system are indeed bang to rights but it’s doubtful whether any conviction at all in that system would stand up to an appeal in any EU or US jurisdiction. As we’ve noted before they simply do things differently there:
That’s one way that system is indeed different. Sure, they have courts, lawyers, know what the word evidence means and all that. They’re just not very important in the system. Instead, the accused confesses and by doing so manages to extirpate some of the shame of having committed the crime. And that holding regime leading up to the court appearance – trial would be too glorified a word – is designed to aid in reaching the stage of wishing to make such a confession.
There’s nothing very surprising or odd about the way that Carlos Ghosn is being treated in that Japanese jail. That’s just what their system is. Decry it all we wish, just don’t be surprised.
I wouldn’t go so far as to insist that I approve of the fleeing of the jurisdiction. But given the manner of trial in it I’m not in the least surprised.