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CARLOS GHOSN: It will get worse for you if you don't just confess, the prosecutor told me repeatedly. And this has been taped. You can look at the tapes because the tapes are being held. You can see how many times they came up about, you just confess, and it will be over. And if you don't confess, not only are we going to go after you, we're going to go after your family and we're going to discover many things.
Every day, I woke up on nights that I was able to sleep and to make a decision, do I fight for my innocence, or do I do as they say? There was no end in sight. Those conditions remained more or less the same, day after day, week after week, month after month.
The feeling of hopelessness was profound. And every day for over 130 days in detention, I fought for my innocence. When I was finally granted bail for the first time and saw the opportunity to share with you all what I intend to share today, I was ruthlessly thrown back in solitary confinement within 24 hours, a confinement that flies in the face of global and United Nations standards of justice.
This is why today is such an important occasion for me. I'm not here to talk about how I managed to leave Japan, although I can understand that you are interested in that. I'm here to talk about why I left. For the first time since this nightmare began, I can defend myself, speak freely, and answer your questions.
It was very easy to beat on me while I was in prison. It was very, very easy to describe me the way I was described, unfortunately, not only in Japan. But now, I'm going to be able to speak with facts, and datas, and evidence, and hopefully, you will discover the truth. Not as it has been travestied by the people who are accusing me, or the people who join this accusation, or the accomplices, not only in Japan, but outside Japan, but the reality is very different, and hopefully, today, you're going to discover it with me.