Ex-CEO of Renault-Nissan Carlos Ghosn Flees to Lebanon

The businessman said that he was threatened with an unfair trial.

The former head of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Carlos Ghosn, unexpectedly fled Japan, where he was charged with financial misconduct. The suspect fled to his homeland in Lebanon, writes The Wall Street Journal.

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According to Ghosn himself, he fled to avoid an unfair investigation in Japan. This flight was another unexpected turn in the investigation around the odious businessman. The investigation lasts from the first accusations of the former head of Renault-Nissan on November 19, 2018.

I didn't run from justice – I escaped injustice and political persecution," said Ghosn, who promised to «freely» communicate with the media, «starting next week.

It is unclear how he managed to leave Japan, as his bail conditions do not allow him to leave the country where he was held. Moreover, Ghosn's lawyer confirmed that the businessman's passports are still in his possession. In other words, Ghosn probably had another passport or crossed the border without it.

He and his lawyers have repeatedly raised concerns about the impossibility of a fair trial in Japan.

Lebanese media reported that Ghosn flew on a private plane from Turkey to Lebanon, where his parents were born and where he spent most of his childhood. Many Lebanese consider Ghosn a symbol of their country's large expatriate community, a shining example of a Lebanese entrepreneurial genius, and were shocked by his arrest.

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