“I am pleading with the Japanese authorities to provide us with any information at all about my husband’s health,” Carole Ghosn said in a written statement Thursday. “We are fearful and very worried his recovery will be complicated while he continues to endure such harsh conditions and unfair treatment.”
Japanese prosecutors on Thursday temporarily suspended interrogations of Ghosn, who began feeling ill on Wednesday night, according to the office of his lawyer Motonari Otsuru. Ghosn was also unavailable for a meeting with his Japanese legal team on Thursday.
Ghosn, 64, was told by a prison doctor that he needed rest and was receiving medical attention, Otsuru’s office told CNN.
“The Japanese authorities refuse to tell us if he has been transferred to an infirmary, nor will they let us speak with medical personnel at the detention center,” Carole Ghosn said.
On Friday, a representative for Otsuru told CNN that Ghosn’s temperature had returned to normal and that he was meeting with his legal team again.
Prosecutors have indicted Ghosn for allegedly under-reporting his income by tens of millions of dollars over a five year period. They are also investigating other allegations, including that he temporarily transferred personal investment losses to Nissan.
His lawyers say they fear prosecutors will keep him in jail until a trial begins, which they think could take another six months.
Visits from lawyers, family and friends are strictly controlled by prosecutors in Japan, making it difficult for suspects to establish a defense or give their side of the story to the media.
The judge in the court hearing said that keeping Ghosn in jail during the investigation was justified because he posed a flight risk and could conceal evidence. Ghosn’s lawyers dispute those claims.
Since his arrest, Ghosn has been ousted as chairman by Nissan and Mitsubishi. Renault and the French government have stood by him, presuming him innocent until proven otherwise.
Ashley Keegan contributed to this report.