Japanese prosecutors responded to Carlos Ghosn, the former manager of Nissan, that he had been subjected to an investigation that continued “for up to 8 hours per day” during his investigation into allegations of financial violations.
Ghosn, who fled Japan to Lebanon during his bail, has painted a grim picture of the harsh conditions of his detention in Japan.
“In recent months, I was being investigated for up to 8 hours a day without the presence of any lawyer, and without understanding exactly what the charges were against me, and without seeing the evidence that justified this farce against human rights and my dignity,” Ghosn said.
However, the deputy head of the Tokyo District Prosecutor’s Office, Takahiro Saito, said Ghosn’s allegations were “false and intended to mislead the media.”
“Ghosn spent 130 days in detention and was interrogated for a total of 70 days, which means that he was not interrogated for 60 days,” he said.
“On average, he was interrogated less than 4 hours a day.”
He explained that the interrogation process was stopped at meals, visits, and showers, and to give Ghosn the opportunity to consult with his lawyer, a time which Ghosn considered a time of “interrogation.”
He stressed that “the longest interrogation period during one day was about 6 hours, not continuous and interrupted by breaks, the investigation did not continue for 7 hours, let alone 8 hours.”
He added that everything was recorded and would have been presented during the Ghosn trial, if not for his escape.
“Everything was recorded and he would have used evidence to reach a verdict, so it would have been evident if we had extracted the confessions of force,” Saito said.
In his first statement after the escape of Ghosn, which embarrassed the Japanese, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday that the escape was “very unfortunate.”