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Carlos Ghosn’s family lawyer slams tycoon’s detention conditions

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In an interview with FRANCE 24 Tuesday, François Zimeray, a lawyer representing Carlos Ghosn's family, said the ex-Nissan boss was held in detention in Japan for over 100 days without access to the charges against him.

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Zimeray -- a former French diplomat and human rights activist – did not dispute that some of the revelations around Ghosn’s lavish lifestyle may “not be in accordance with decency or socially acceptable”. But, he stressed, they were not a crime.

Zimeray’s interview with FRANCE 24’s François Picard came as Ghosn’s newly appointed lawyers in Japan asked a Tokyo court on Tuesday to try the ex-Nissan Motor Co boss separately from his former employer, arguing he would otherwise not get a fair hearing to fight charges of financial wrongdoing.

The request marks the first major legal manoeuvre by Ghosn's new legal team since his release on bail last month, as he faces mounting accusations of financial misconduct during his time at the helm of Nissan and partners Renault SA and Mitsubishi Motors, one of the world's biggest automaking groups.

The case has shaken the global auto industry and marked a dramatic fall from grace for an executive once lauded for his rescue of Nissan from the brink of bankruptcy two decades ago.

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