Interpol issues global wanted notice for ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn.
Carlos Ghosn said, “There has been speculation in the media that my wife Carole, and other members of my family played a role in my departure from Japan. All such speculation is inaccurate and false. I alone arranged for my departure. My family had no role whatsoever”
Lebanese government may have known about former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn’s travel arrangements to the country. Lebanon’s caretaker justice minister says his country has received an international wanted notice for former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn from Interpol.
Multiple media outlets in Turkey are reporting that authorities there have detained seven people in a probe into the transit of former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn through the country on his way from Japan to Lebanon. Some media say those detained include four pilots.
Former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn has two French passports, and was allowed by a Japanese court to keep one of them in a locked case.
Ghosn clandestinely left Japan while out on bail and entered Lebanon on Monday. Lebanese authorities say the man believed to be Ghosn showed a French passport in his name for entry. Ghosn has been indicted in Japan on charges of financial misconduct. When he was released on bail last April, his lawyers were required to hold his passports.
Lebanese security officials say a person thought to be Ghosn entered the country through a VIP gate and was met by a government official in a car.
This suggests some sources inside the Lebanese government knew in advance about Ghosn’s arrival.
Some local media outlets have reported that Ghosn met President Michel Aoun unofficially after his arrival in the country, but the president’s office denies it.
Caretaker justice minister Albert Aziz Serhan strongly denied reports that his government helped Ghosn. Serhan told NHK that the reports lack accuracy and do not deserve consideration.
The Lebanese government says Ghosn entered the country legally. As Interpol has issued an international wanted notice for Ghosn, officials say they will question Ghosn and conduct any necessary investigation.
Ghosn arrived in Lebanon on Monday after skipping bail in Japan, where he has been indicted on charges of financial misconduct. He stopped in Turkey before flying on to Lebanon.
Ghosn was banned from traveling overseas as one of his bail conditions. He insists he fled to escape injustice under what he called a “rigged Japanese justice system.” Media agencies