Japan’s detention of Carlos Ghosn for more than four months with limited access to legal counsel was arbitrary and violated the former automobile titan’s human rights, a United Nations panel concluded in a rebuke of Japanese prosecutors involved in the case.
Mr. Ghosn was arrested in Japan in Nov. 2018 on suspicion of financial crimes while he was chairman of Nissan Motor Co. , then rearrested three more times and held in prison under repeated questioning by prosecutors until April 2019, with a one-month break between the third and fourth arrests.
“The revolving pattern of detention was an extrajudicial abuse of process,” said a report dated Nov. 20 by the U.N. Human Rights Council’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
The report, which is nonbinding, called for Japan to pay reparations to Mr. Ghosn, and called on the Japanese government to conduct an investigation of the matter and “take appropriate measures against those responsible for the violation of [Mr. Ghosn’s] rights.”The U.N. panel also broadly criticized aspects of Japan’s criminal-justice system as overly reliant on confessions and exposing detainees to potential coercion and torture.
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