Ex-Nissan boss flees Japan
Ousted Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn has successfully fled Japan to Lebanon, the country of his childhood, after learning his trial has been delayed to April 2021.
According to Reuters, sources close to the beleaguered executive said he fled to escape what he called a “rigged” justice system and because, under the conditions of his bail, he wasn’t allowed to see or speak to his wife over Christmas.
The multi-millionaire was first arrested in Tokyo in November 2018 for allegedly hiding income and enriching himself through payments to car dealerships in the Middle East, charges he denies.
Smuggled out of Tokyo
Holding French, Lebanese and Brazilian citizenship, Ghosn who has been confined to his house in Tokyo under 24-hour surveillance, was smuggled out of the city by a private security company.
Posts have since circulated on social media that he escaped hidden in a musical instrument case, rumours his wife Carole has described as “fiction”.
Police have now detained seven people, including four pilots, after the country’s interior ministry began an investigation.
“I have escaped injustice and political persecution.” Ghosn said in a statement.
Japanese authorities have yet to comment on Ghosn’s disappearance but it is known that Lebanon has no extradition agreement with Japan.