Photo/IllutrationCarole Ghosn speaks from New York in an interview with The Asahi Shimbun using video conferencing on June 20. (Photo taken off video-conference call)

The wife of Carlos Ghosn, the former chairman of Nissan Motor Co., blasted the Japanese judicial system for cruelty in keeping her from her husband and accused the automaker of working with prosecutors for his "global character assassination."

Ghosn, 65, has been indicted on charges of aggravated breach of trust and other charges related to his remuneration as Nissan chairman.

While Ghosn was released on bail in March, he was re-arrested on suspicion of another instance of aggravated breach of trust and detained.

The Tokyo District Court on April 25 granted Ghosn's release on bail a second time, but on condition that he not have any contact with his wife, Carole.

On June 20, Carole Ghosn responded to an interview request with The Asahi Shimbun by video conferencing. She spoke from New York.

Regarding the bail conditions, she said, "I found that cruel, at a time when we need each other the most. I think it's another form of hostage justice set up to just break him and punish him. They have violated an international treaty that Japan has signed by doing this."

She touched upon Japan's "hostage justice" system and said it "violates the presumption of innocence."

The video-conference interview lasted for about 40 minutes.

Carole Ghosn contended that the allegations could have been handled within Nissan and there was no need to involve law enforcement.

"I think his whole arrest was unnecessary," she said. "This could have been resolved internally. This did not need to be a criminal case. Nissan and the prosecutors have collaborated to do this global character assassination of my husband."

She described being surprised by an early morning visit at their Tokyo residence on April 4 for Ghosn's re-arrest. She said that at about 5:50 a.m. that morning, about 20 prosecutors and other officials entered the residence.

She described the humiliation of being constantly followed by a woman who was among the Japanese officials.

"I was in the toilet and a woman was there," Carole Ghosn said. "When I was in the shower, she was there and she handed me a towel. I found that so humiliating."

She reported that the prosecutors seized her Lebanese passport during that April search.

"They weren't asking (for the passport)," she said. "They found it, and they decided to take it."

But the officials did not go through her purse that held her U.S. passport, which she used to leave Japan.

"I don't speak the language, and I don't know anyone (in Japan)," she said, explaining why she decided to leave Tokyo.

But she decided to return to Japan to respond to questions in court after her husband's lawyers persuaded her to do so.

In one of the charges against Ghosn, prosecutors believe that Nissan funds were diverted back to the former Nissan chairman through Suhail Bahwan, the operator of an auto dealership in Oman.

When asked if she knew Bahwan, Carole Ghosn said, "I met him maybe once at a big dinner in Paris and that was it. I have no acquaintance with him."

She also denied allegations being raised in France about 50,000 euros (about 6.1 million yen, or $57,000) from Renault SA being diverted to pay for some of their wedding ceremony expenses in 2016 at the Chateau de Versailles outside Paris.

She said her husband had not received the funds and would not have been involved in reserving the facility for the event.