Nikkei carried a front-page article saying it learned on Thursday that Japanese investigators have asked the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO) to issue a wanted notice for former Nissan Motor Chairman Ghosn following his escape to Lebanon from house arrest in Tokyo. The Lebanese judicial authorities confirmed on Thursday that the country had received the notice from Interpol. The paper said that although the notice requests the transfer of Ghosn’s custody, Lebanese Justice Minister Serhan said the country does not intend to extradite Ghosn to Japan, according to the Associated Press. Serhan also reportedly suggested that Ghosn could face questioning by Lebanese prosecutors.
Meanwhile, Asahi and Sankei also reported in front-page articles that it has come to light that Ghosn was allowed to keep one of his French passports in a locked case while his lawyers retained his three other passports. Asahi said Ghosn may have used the passport to enter Lebanon. The paper also said the Tokyo prosecutors have raided Ghosn’s residence in Tokyo to investigate whether he violated the Immigration Control Law. Sankei wrote that although the Tokyo District Court released Ghosn on bail last April on the condition that his lawyers were to retain all his passports, the court later changed the condition after it received a request from his lawyers who pointed out that it is “against the law” for a foreigner living in Japan not to possess a passport.