Former Nissan boss and international fugitive Carlos Ghosn abruptly cut short an interview with DW’s Conflict Zone host Tim Sebastian when he disliked the host’s line of questioning.
The former car industry executive, who headed an automotive alliance including Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi, said Sebastian was speaking in "bad faith" after he pointed out that Ghosn was allowed to talk to the press a few weeks after his arrest in Japan in November 2018.
This, Sebastian said, gave Ghosn a chance to protest his innocence and claim that he was the victim, according to the ex-Nissan chief, of an elaborate plot to destroy his reputation.
"If you consider that I was given the chance to talk to the press, you’re in bad faith," Ghosn replied from Beirut, where he has lived since he jumped bail and fled Japan.
"I’ve been denied any possibility to talk, and you know it. And, if you ask the question, that mean[s] you’re in bad faith, and, if you’re in bad faith, we stop the discussion here," he added.
"For 14 months I was forbidden to talk to my wife, I was forbidden to see my family. When I wanted to organize a press conference in Japan, I was rearrested. After I have been freed a second time, I was told by the prosecutor that I am free to talk, but the[y] will be free to bring new charges. If you consider that I was free to talk — frankly, I consider that you have not a minimum of good faith," he said.
In January 2019 — a few weeks after his first arrest — Ghosn criticized his detention in Japan in an interview with French press agency AFP and French newspaper Les Echos.
Ghosn was cited as saying he was the victim of a "plot," adding that Nissan was trying to destroy his reputation.
For more information, read our article on the interview here: https://www.dw.com/en/carlos-ghosn-ex-nissan-chief-walks-out-of-dws-conflict-zone-interview/a-58003498
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