Listen: Nissan, Chairman And Prime Minister discussed on BBC World Service
"Of the car industry. Former Nissan chairman Carlos go has maintained his innocence in his first court appearance. His first public appearance since his shock arrest in Japan last year, he is still officially although suspended the chairman of Reynaud, and he spent fifty days in a cell on a series of charges which keep on being renewed. By prosecutors. He's now appeared in public for what appears to be the first time since that controversial arrest will Bain has been watching this will this was not a this was an appearance in court, but it wasn't a court appearance to better. Explain no, quite you're absolutely. Right. And that rearrest bit is something that will get to because that's really important in this story. But you're right. This wasn't a full moon court appearance on one of those rearrest jobs. This was actually a case that was cool football college goons lawyers. I wanted an explanation for why he was being held for those fifty plus days without charge. If we can put it in reverse. For little bit. First of all to get everybody back up to speed. So Michigan was arrested on November the nineteenth that rests on. Allegations of underreporting is pay has been held without charge then into December. There was a deadline for prosecutors in Tokyo to either charge rearrest, releasing they rearrested in a more serious and slightly convoluted charges around initially equipped aggravated breach of trust in essence, what they're alleging is that Mr. gun shifted some personal losses up to sixteen million dollars in personal losses onto Nissan, and that brought us today as you say, Mr. Dinesh Lewis, saying what's going on here with our client, basically having that chance to get have their say. So what did Mr. goon I have to say either personally all through the medium of his lawyer, he didn't speak personally a written statement that was right now. It was quite a lot that he had to say though, that was written out in a nutshell. It was that he's innocent of all John's. In fact, the top of his statements that you're on. I'm innocent of these accusations against me said he'd been unfairly detained based on merit listen up suit unsubstantial allegations. And then he went into quite a bit of detail as well talking about how he'd always acted honourably in legally how he loved and appreciated Nitzan and how dedicated to decades of his life to reviving the company now one thing that comes out of this, which is fascinating is the way that he's being treated the fact that it's the first time we've seen him since he's arrest. He's been arrested seriously on different sort of different charges. And also if we if we start looking at the Japanese legal system, how could it be that it has a ninety nine percent conviction rate? There's lots of interesting stuff, we need to not think it's these quirks that have people sitting in Europe, slightly aghast and seventy friends who've Mr. gone about this sort of the legal system is not like the legal system here in Europe. Anything not. That is what people for it or in America where he'd probably be out able to talk giving interviews that kind of thing Calvin solitary confinement. There was that we heard in the news from Rupert Wingfield hazy appeared in court today with a rope around his waist. He's only gained three consular visits a week. So I think his his legal team saying come on no other democratic country in the world, and we had his biographer one of our other World Service programs here today, saying not including on the French government to get involved in say to an ally. Hang on you can't treat at one of our nationals like this'll be interesting to see when the press conference comes up in the next couple of hours until you care. Whether we hear more of that kind of thing from his lawyers fascinating. And he might have to be released on Friday. Maybe they'll come up with another charge who knows will many thanks indeed on the continuing saga of the charges against the Nissan chairman. Carlos gone. Let's take you to France now and after seven weeks of anti-government protests, French Prime Minister, Eduard Philippe has announced plans to punish people who hold unsanctioned protests. He wants to draw or draft new legislation that will ban known trouble. Makers from protests and clamp down on the wearing of masks. A demonstrations the wave of protests initially erupted against an increase in fuel tax in November and people across the country took to the streets in high visibility vests yellow vests, giving them the nickname, Jillian or yellow vests. The demonstrations took place at the weekend again to a much lower intensity. Let speak to French journalists Margo had who joins me now from Paris Margot. Great to have you with us. Now as I understand it. There's already a law that you have to inform the authorities to go on a demonstration. So what what's new about this? Yeah. Exactly. And like the right to strike in France the freedom to demonstrate is now enshrined in the constitution. So there is a right that kind of symbolically guarantee declaration within the declaration that the right of a freedom a citizen that no one shall be disturbed for his opinions if in religious ones and. That provides the right to protest in the streets of friends, so but it's already kind of regulated, and it leaves no room for improvisation, for example. So you need a few days in advance to tell the police officers and study hall that you have this date ton for the events. You also need to guarantee three organizers before the protests that's already that's already been in place. Yes, exactly. So what's the prime minister wants is to punish those who want to violet violate the legislative frameworks of that law that is already in place. So you have a lot of people the problem with the yellow vest movement is that it's very disorganized. And so you have you know, it started with the the requests you lower the the rise of wells. But it became a movement dot kinda wanna. Claim different actions and different things. And the problem with that is I within the organizers they disagree on a lot of things. So you have different protests organiz every single weekend in different parts of Harris with different organizers and some of them are are not declared events the police station. What Margo given what you just said. Especially with the context of the or the yellow vests. I mean, the prime minister says that he's doing this in order to defend the right to protest, but given what's been happening for the past few weeks. Can you actually believe that? I mean, it looks very much as if he's a he's aiming to restrict the yellow vests. Of course. I mean, it's it's clear political communication here. The problem with the different processes that. We never had such violent protests in years. You know, the fact that we want to regulate the right to protest the first version of it was in nineteen thirty five. So it's been a lot of time that governments have been trying to kind of restrict dry the right to protest that it doesn't become violent the problem with the different protests. Here is that we had a lot of violence acts throughout Paris, you know, around it infrastructures. Police officers being beaten on the street. So what the government is trying to do. Here is clear voice communication where you can actually tell the yellow. Yes, we were not forbidding you to protest out on the streets. Are we every weekend? But it needs to be calm, and actually, you know, a part of the yellow vest movement. That is the peaceful what we call the peaceful movement have decided to actually protests peacefully on the streets of Harris. They're not the violence one. So you have a structure yellow vests moving within the yellow vest movement, which has always actually been the problem since it started the fact that they're, you know, they're they're kind of groups within groups that it hasn't. It doesn't have a definite leader a group of leaders as well Margot Hadad line with us from Paris, many things.."