Ghosn’s lawyers say he’s ‘happy’ after days of French questioning

Rodolfo Schellin

BEIRUT — Ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn has answered hundreds of questions by French investigators around the earlier week in Beirut and was “happy and satisfied” to have had the prospect to describe himself around accusations of economical misconduct, his legal professionals mentioned Friday.

The 4½ days of questioning marked the initially prospect for Ghosn, a French national, to protect himself towards the French allegations — like spending on lavish get-togethers and private planes — considering that his 2018 bombshell arrest in Japan and escape to Lebanon a calendar year afterwards.

On the other hand, as Ghosn was being interrogated outside the house of French soil, it was unclear how he could, if at all, be handed down preliminary charges. His legal professionals mentioned they will now search for the appropriate to ask for witnesses and expert testimony in the French investigation.

Earlier, the auto magnate-turned-fugitive instructed The Linked Press that he has accomplished very little wrong and hopes the investigations are eventually dropped. He didn’t communicate to reporters throughout the Beirut interrogation, which began on Monday.

It is an unusual move for French magistrates to issue a suspect abroad. Ghosn, who was supplied sanctuary by Lebanese authorities, grew up in Lebanon and also has Lebanese citizenship. Lebanon will not extradite him. He is Brazilian-born.

Ghosn was questioned about the funding of get-togethers he threw at the Versailles Palace as the head of the Renault-Nissan car alliance. The French investigators, in cooperation with Lebanese judicial authorities, were also examining 11 million euros in spending on private planes and functions arranged by a Dutch holding company, and subsidies to a car dealership in Oman.

“It was his prospect to describe his positions,” mentioned Jean Yves Le Borgne, a member of Ghosn’ defense staff. “It has now occurred and he is content and content.”

“Still unresolved, of system, is the dilemma of the up coming step in this method,” Le Borgne extra.

Ghosn has not so much been billed with anything at all in France, but could be, supplied preliminary accusations of fraud, corruption, revenue laundering, misuse of company property, or aggravated breach of belief.

No matter if Ghosn could be billed or not by the French, Carlos Abou Jaoude, his Beirut-based mostly lawyer, mentioned Lebanese and French authorities have to determine what Ghosn’s “status” will be.

Ghosn is campaigning to crystal clear his name towards many authorized difficulties in France just after Japanese accusations activated scrutiny of his things to do there. He instructed the AP he had much a lot more self esteem in the French authorized procedure than the Japanese procedure he had fled.

He was arrested in Japan in November 2018 on accusations of economical misconduct and was saved in solitary confinement for months devoid of being permitted to communicate with his wife. He fled to Lebanon a calendar year afterwards in a spectacular escape that shocked the entire world. Meanwhile, a number of associates are in jail or on demo in Japan and Turkey, in cases associated to his economical things to do or escape.

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