In a statement on Thursday, Carole Ghosn asked Macron to discuss her husband’s case with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The two leaders are scheduled to meet at the G7 summit this weekend, which Macron is hosting in the French seaside town of Biarritz.
“It’s been 276 days, until now they have not set a trial date,” Carole Ghosn said Thursday on “Quest Means Business.” “Carlos is a French citizen and France is a big country on human rights. The way Carlos has been treated is very cruel and unfair.”
The couple has been prohibited from contacting each other for over four months, she said in the statement. “To say that my husband’s bail conditions are ‘cruel and unusual’ would be an understatement.”
“I am calling on President Macron to intercede on my husband’s behalf with Prime Minister Abe and implore him to do the right thing. Carlos deserves a fair trial and that starts with just bail conditions and setting a trial date.”
In her statement Thursday, Carole Ghosn said that her family had applied for visitation or communication rights five times, all of which were rejected by Japanese authorities. The latest appeal was denied about two weeks ago without any explanation, she added.
She also maintains that her husband’s defense team is being denied access to crucial files on Ghosn’s case, hindering his lawyers’ ability to defend him properly.
“This ‘Japanese hostage justice’ system extends well beyond my husband’s case and should appall the French government,” Carole Ghosn said.
— CNN’s Anna-Maja Rappard and Shannon Liao contributed to this report.