Exclusive: Fugitive Carlos Ghosn calls Japanese justice system a ‘joke’

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former nissan boss And international fugitive Carlos Ghosn predicts a major re-arrangement of the power hub in the auto industry, he told Nerdshala in an exclusive interview.

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Why this matters: Ghosn was once one of the most powerful leaders in the automotive industry – one of the first major executives to invest in electric vehicles. His remarks now come during a major turning point in the transition in the EVs sector as companies battle for position.

Running news: “I am being requested a lot mainly by small and startup companies who are trying to carve a road for themselves in this new industry,” he says.

  • A once-globe-trotting citizen of Lebanon, Brazil and France spoke on Zoom from his home in Beirut, holding his phone vertically and lying on a couch with a giant bookcase in the background.
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Ghosn tells Nerdshala He is no longer interested in leading a major automotive company, even if his charges disappear, saying he no longer has the motivation to do so. But he is happy to consult with the companies he contacts on how to deal with electric vehicles and self-driving cars.

  • “I’m trying to help companies get rid of the past,” he says.
  • Ghosn has great admiration for Tesla and Elon Musk, with the company surpassing $1 trillion in market capitalization. He says companies like Tesla and Rivian are best positioned to win the EV race.

big picture: Ghosn predicts that traditional automakers like Nissan, GM and Ford won’t be able to keep up with startups that “don’t have the toughness of mind.”

  • He acknowledged that GM and Ford have made progress, especially with the introduction of electric pickups like the Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-150 Lightning. But he says they will continue to shrink.
  • “A lot of companies are going to be left behind,” he says. “If you don’t go 100% electric, you’re not going to be a part of this industry anymore.”
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Catch up fast: In late 2018 Japanese officials and Nissan alleged that Ghosn underestimated his compensation, a crime in Japan. He has denied any wrongdoing.

  • a year later, Ghosn escaped under house arrest in an elaborate conspiracy. She locked himself inside a musical instrument box To avoid police and airport security, and on his way to his childhood Lebanon flew from Turkey, which has no extradition treaty with Japan and has not taken action against him. more than half a dozen alleged accomplices were later arrested,

What will happen next: Ghosn could spend the rest of his life in Lebanon if he cannot withdraw charges from Japan or if Interpol does not withdraw its “red notice” seeking his detention.

  • Ghosn told Nerdshala that he is still angry about Japan’s “hostage justice system”, noting that 99.3% conviction rate, He maintains his innocence and the innocence of fellow former Nissan executive Greg Kelly, who is facing charges over allegations he helped Ghosn obscure his compensation.
  • “I clearly don’t believe in the system. I think it’s a joke,” he says. “They don’t give sh*t about us.”

Second aspect: The Japanese embassy did not respond to a request for comment, and Nissan declined to comment.

  • Defenders of the Japanese judicial system say that local prosecutors have high conviction rates because they only take 37% of arrest cases, according to one report good Published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Bottom-line: Ghosn may be stranded in Lebanon, but is expected to remain an influential presence in the automotive industry regardless of his legal status.

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