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Ghosn speaks: Former Renault-Nissan boss hits back after Japan escape

THE DEBATE
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Thirteen months after Carlos Ghosn's shock arrest at Tokyo airport and nine days after his daring escape from house arrest in Japan, the once all-powerful boss of the Renault-Nissan alliance held a press conference in Beirut. Ghosn made good on his promise to name names, accusing Nissan executives of throwing him under the bus in the name of stopping an eventual merger with Renault.

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We put that to our panel and ask what next for the 65-year-old Brazilian-born Frenchman. Ghosn insists he is not a fugitive in the Lebanon of his family origins and that he is going to clear his name. Can he?

We look at the case and the accusations levelled against a Japanese legal system where prosecution results in a 99 percent conviction rate. Who better knew the rules? For the nearly two decades he was in charge of the alliance, Ghosn was adulated for bringing Nissan back from the brink. 

Produced by Charles Wente, Juliette Laurain and Jimena Morales-Velasco.

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