Former Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn, who has been under house arrest since last April, fled to Lebanon. On December 30, Ghon secretly left Japan and legally entered Lebanon with his French passport. He flew to Beirut in a private plane from Turkey. According to one of his Japanese lawyers, all of the principal’s passports – Lebanese, French and Brazilian – were constantly kept by Gon’s lawyers. On December 31, Ghosn issued a short press release.
“I am now in Lebanon and will no longer be held hostage to the Japanese falsified justice system, where guilt is predetermined, discrimination is rampant and basic human rights are denied. I did not hide from justice – I escaped injustice and political persecution. Now I can finally freely communicate with the media and look forward to the start of next week, ”said Ghosn.
Since there is no agreement on extradition of criminals between Japan and Lebanon, nothing threatens him in this country.
The head of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Carlos Gon alliance was detained by the Tokyo prosecutor in the fall of 2018 on charges of financial fraud and the use of company funds for personal purposes. Immediately after the arrest, he lost all positions in the alliance, and a little later in Renault.
In April 2019, he was arrested for the fourth time, but after making a bail, he was under house arrest in Japan. A meeting in his case was to be held in April 2020. According to Ghosn, all allegations of tax evasion are “conspiracy and betrayal” of top Nissan managers. The company’s management is opposed to a further deeper merger of the alliance and merging into one holding company.