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Ghosn’s Arrests Called ‘Extrajudicial Abuse’ by UN Panel

  • Ex-Nissan chairman’s arrests ‘fundamentally unfair:’ UN panel
  • Ghosn, who fled Japan in a box in December, is now in Lebanon
Carlos Ghosn is escorted from Tokyo Detention House following his release on bail in March 2019.
Carlos Ghosn is escorted from Tokyo Detention House following his release on bail in March 2019.Photographer: Toru Hanai/Bloomberg
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Carlos Ghosn’s detention for almost 130 days in a Japanese jail was neither necessary nor reasonable and violated the former Nissan Motor Co. chairman’s human rights, a UN panel concluded in a harsh critique of Tokyo prosecutors who led the case against him.

The decision to arrest Ghosn four times in a row so as to extend his detention was “fundamentally unfair,” the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said in a report Monday posted on its website. The panel said that it would refer the case to the UN’s rapporteur on torture, cruel and other inhuman or degrading treatment.