Ousted Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn's Wife Asked the Presidents of the U.S. and France to Help Her Husband

Daniel Golson
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From Car and Driver

  • Carlos Ghosn's wife, Carole Ghosn, was interviewed by the BBC about her husband, ousted Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, who is currently detained in Japan on financial-misconduct charges and not allowed to contact her.
  • She has asked Donald Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron for help, and said she hopes Trump will speak to Prime Minister Shinzō Abe of Japan at the G20 summit this month.
  • Mrs. Ghosn said she believes there could be a "conspiracy" against her husband.

In an interview with BBC News, Carole Ghosn, wife of Carlos Ghosn, said she has appealed to both Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump to help her husband, the former chairman of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, who faces financial-misconduct charges. Mrs. Ghosn said she has flown to both France and the United States, and she told the BBC that both administrations are "doing everything they can." She also said she hopes Trump will speak to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe at the G20 summit of world leaders at the end of the month about "fair trial conditions, to respect the presumption of innocence," and to let her speak to her husband.

Mrs. Ghosn said the last time she saw her husband was the morning of April 8, after he was rearrested. That was also the last time she spoke to him at all because a condition for his bail was that he was barred from speaking to his wife, which she declared "inhumane." She was questioned in a closed hearing in Tokyo but was never charged, and said she believes that she was deliberately involved in the situation "to weaken Carlos and to shut me up."

Renault was planning a takeover of Nissan, Mrs. Ghosn told the BBC, saying the arrest of her husband "could have been a conspiracy to get rid of him because [Nissan] didn't want the merger." Mrs. Ghosn detailed her point of view of how Nissan and Renault are not getting along, citing the recently failed Renault/Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) merger as evidence.

"Everything could have been done internally [by Nissan], this didn't need to go this far," she said regarding his public arrest. "My husband is innocent, and time will prove the truth." Her words echo those of Carlos Ghosn himself, who also claimed in an April video statement that he is the victim of a conspiracy.

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