Wife of former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn seeks US President Donald Trump’s help

Carole Ghosn, right, is seeking US President Donald Trump’s intervention to press Japan for ‘fair trial conditions’ for her husband former Nissan chief Carlo Ghosn. (AFP)
Updated 17 June 2019

Wife of former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn seeks US President Donald Trump’s help

  • Carlos Ghosn is awaiting trial in Japan over charges of under-reporting his salary for years while at Nissan

LONDON: The wife of ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn on Monday reached out to US President Donald Trump, asking him to press Japan at upcoming talks about “fair trial conditions.”
Carlos Ghosn is awaiting trial in Japan over charges of under-reporting his salary for years while at Nissan and using company funds for personal expenses. The 65-year-old denies the accusations.
“World leaders are going to be meeting at the G20 at the end of the month,” Carole Ghosn told the BBC in an interview broadcast on Monday.
“I’d like President Trump to speak to Prime Minister (Shinzo) Abe about fair conditions, fair trial conditions, and to let me speak to my husband — and also to respect this presumption of innocence until proven guilty.”
She added that the last time she saw her husband was on April 4 when prosecutors stormed their apartment in the early hours.
Carlos Ghosn, who is a French citizen, was freed in Japan on $4.5 million bail in April after being detained on fresh charges but is living under strict conditions including restrictions on seeing his wife.
Under those bail conditions, Ghosn must stay in Japan and live in a court-appointed residence with cameras to monitor his movements.
“I think all of this could have been dealt with internally within the company. This didn’t need to go this far,” Carole Ghosn added on Monday.
“On top of this, my husband is innocent and time will prove the truth.”
This year’s G20 summit will be held in the Japanese city of Osaka from June 28-29.


UK ‘to decide on Huawei 5G next week’

Tensions have been rising between the UK and US over Huawei. (AFP)
Updated 21 min 14 sec ago

UK ‘to decide on Huawei 5G next week’

  • Chinese tech giant expected to be permitted to develop country’s 5G network

LONDON: The UK is expected to announce next week whether to allow China’s Huawei to develop its 5G network, an official said on Friday, setting out reasons for agreeing despite opposition from the White House.

The official said the decision had not yet been taken but that it was likely to be next week.
There had been speculation that the UK would allow Huawei into “non-core” elements of the next-generation 5G mobile networks, such as antennae and base stations attached to masts and roofs.
The US has banned Huawei from the rollout of its 5G network because of concerns — strongly denied — that the firm could be under the control of Beijing.
Washington has been lobbying London to do the same, even threatening to limit intelligence sharing between the two allies if Downing Street goes its own way.
The UK Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said this week that a decision would be made “soon,” adding that many factors were being considered.
These included “the availability of other providers” and “the work that Huawei has already done in the UK,” she said.
The senior official said that London — unlike Washington — had been using Huawei technology across national systems for the past 15 years.
Security agencies believe they have managed the risk so far and will be able to do so with the 5G network, the official said.
Banning Huawei entirely could also cost “billions” of pounds and delay the rollout of 5G and full-fiber broadband, the official said.
There is also a problem in that few other firms have the technology that Huawei does.
The company provides the least expensive and most advanced alternative for super-fast data transfers behind technologies such as self-driving cars and remotely operated factory robots.
“There is a market failure here,” the official said, adding that while this could be addressed in the future, for now “we are where we are.”
The UK’s debate about Huawei has dragged on for more than a year, amid intense political turmoil over its exit from the EU.
Brexit day is now set for Jan. 31.