Carlos Ghosn, left, and his wife Carole. Picture: AFP/KAZUHIRO NOGI
Carlos Ghosn, left, and his wife Carole. Picture: AFP/KAZUHIRO NOGI

Tokyo/Beirut — Prosecutors in Japan obtained an arrest warrant on Tuesday for Carole Ghosn, wife of former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, who jumped bail and fled the country in December.

In a statement, prosecutors said they had obtained the warrant on suspicion she made false statements during April testimony to the Tokyo district court about meetings with an unnamed individual.

Carlos Ghosn had been facing trial in Japan on charges of financial misconduct, which he denies, before fleeing the country in late December for Lebanon.

He had been freed on bail after agreeing to strict conditions, with prosecutors arguing he posed a flight risk.

The conditions included restrictions on contact with Carole, which was reportedly among the reasons he decided to jump bail and flee the country in an elaborately planned escape that has outraged Japanese officials.

Ghosn's second wife, Carole vocally led the campaign for her husband's freedom, insisting on his innocence and criticising Japanese prosecutors for what she deemed ill-treatment after his shock November 19 2018 arrest.

She was initially prevented from seeing her husband, who was held in detention for more than 100 days after his arrest, and petitioned everyone from French President Emmanuel Macron to the White House, seeking his release.

Ghosn, once a giant of the vehicle industry, accuses executives at Japanese carmaker Nissan of manufacturing the allegations against him in a “plot” to prevent closer integration with alliance partner Renault.

A spokesperson for Ghosn says the arrest warrant is “pathetic” and comes shortly before Ghosn is to speak freely for the first time since arriving in Beirut.

“Last time, Carlos Ghosn announced a press conference and got rearrested. This time, the day before he is announced to speak out freely for the first time, they issued an arrest warrant for his wife, Carole Ghosn,” the spokesperson said.

Carole Ghosn voluntarily went back to Japan nine months ago to answer prosecutors' questions and was free to go without any charges, the spokesperson said.

AFP and Reuters

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