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Carlos Ghosn (Photo: Handout / Handout via Getty Images)

Former Nissan president Carlos Ghosn, who spoke on Tuesday in Beirut after his dramatic escape from Japanese justice, said the French ambassador had warned him shortly before his arrest that his company was plotting against him.

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"Frankly, I was shocked by the arrest and the first thing I asked was to make sure Nissan knew to send me a lawyer," Ghosn told Reuters in an interview in the Lebanese capital.

"On the second day, 24 hours before that, I received a visit from the French ambassador who told me, 'Nissan is turning against you.' And that's when I realized it was all a conspiracy."

Former Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa, who was forced to resign last year after admitting he received improper compensation, said shortly after Ghosn's arrest that the Brazilian was using corporate funds for personal purposes, underreporting his income for years.

Ghosn's arrest, which was widely respected for saving the automaker from near bankruptcy, placed Japan's justice system under international scrutiny.

Practices that are now being debated include keeping suspects in detention for long periods, excluding defense lawyers from interrogation sessions, which can last up to eight hours a day.

(Reporting by Samia Nakhoul and Alessandra Galloni)

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