Ghosn was already a household name in Japan when he was arrested, by hiring private security contractors to lead a daring escape in late December from his home in Tokyo to Lebanon, where he is a citizen and safe from extradition.
Mens Mr. Kelly’s story lacks some of the drama of his former boss’ international escapade, his lawyer, James Wareham, says it also highlights the inherent difficulty of beating Japan’s legal system in its own game.
In the months leading up to his trial, Mr. Kelly spent most of his waking hours poking boxes of documents related to the prosecution̵
“It’s not just weird and normal,” Wareham said. “It’s barbaric.”
He spoke by telephone from the United States. Due to coronavirus, Japan has imposed strict access restrictions on foreigners, effectively preventing Mr. Wareham in attending Mr. Kelly’s trial. Mr. Kelly is also represented by a team of Japanese lawyers who will present his defense to the court.
The prosecution declined to comment. Kelly’s sag.
Japan’s Ministry of Justice has disputed statements by Mr. Ghosn and Kelly argue that the system is unfair, arguing that its design ensures “fundamental individual human rights” and that men have been treated as well as they would have been in other affluent states. , democratic nation.
Nevertheless, in March, three Republican senators from Mississippi and Tennessee wrote in which Mr. Kelly worked for Nissan, an operation that expressed concern over prosecutors’ treatment of the former executive. They said it had raised “serious questions about whether non-Japanese leaders can comfortably work in Japan under its legal system.” Mr. Kelly spent $ 220,000 this year lobbying for U.S. lawmakers on his case.