Japanese Minister of Justice Masako Mori released a statement hitting back at comments Carlos Ghosn made earlier Wednesday saying he felt he had to flee Japan because he wouldn’t receive a fair trial.
Mori called Ghosn’s escape from Japan “absolutely intolerable.”
“The court released defendant Ghosn on bail because he promised to comply with the bail conditions that he must not hide/run away or travel abroad, but he fled Japan and ran away from his criminal trial. Such action would not be condoned under any nation’s system.”
Mori defended Japan’s justice system, saying that although it may be different from other countries’ systems, it is sufficient to “clarify the truth in cases while guaranteeing basic individual human rights.”
“Each nation’s criminal justice system has its roots in its history and culture, being formulated and developed over a long period of time,” she said. “There is no superiority or inferiority among legal systems of different countries. The merits of a criminal justice system should be decided by assessing the entire system per se.”
She added that defendants may also file a suit for a redress of inadequate detainment conditions.