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Carlos Ghosn allegedly left Japan in violation of bail arrangement

  • December 31, 2019
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All TV networks cited foreign media reports alleging that former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn jumped bail and arrived in his homeland of Lebanon by Monday. While noting that the former auto executive was supposed to remain in Japan until his trial, the local outlets said it was not immediately clear how he evaded the Japanese authorities. Ghosn’s chief defense counsel Hironaka reportedly said he had not asked the court to allow his client to leave Japan. The Tokyo prosecutors’ office and the Justice Ministry both stressed that they are investigating Ghosn’s alleged flight.

 

Claiming that Japan’s Immigration Services Agency has no record of Ghosn’s recent departure from the country, NHK conjectured that he may have used a false name. The broadcaster also speculated that Beirut might not heed a Japanese request to take Ghosn into custody since Japan does not have an extradition treaty with Lebanon. The network quoted an unnamed senior MOFA official as saying: “Ghosn is not allowed to leave Japan…. If it turns out to be true that he has arrived in Lebanon, his flight will need to be discussed by the two nations’ justice authorities.”

 

NHK later added that according to an unnamed Lebanese security official, a person who appeared to be Carlos Ghosn arrived at the Beirut International Airport on a private jet. “The person entered the country under a different name,” the source said. “The name was not Carlos Ghosn.” According to TV Asahi, Ghosn’s spokesman has acknowledged that Ghosn is now in Lebanon and will soon release a statement on his flight. Ghosn is likely to end up having to forfeit a total of ¥1.5 billion ($13.8 million) in bail payments.

 

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