THE ex-CEO of Nissan fled Japan hiding inside a double bass case on board a private jet, it has been reported.
Carlos Ghosn, 65, had been barred from leaving the country while awaiting trial on corruption charges, but on Tuesday confirmed he had travelled to Lebanon.
Former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn reportedly fled Japan hiding inside a double bass case on board a private jet[/caption]
Formerly among the most powerful figures in the global car industry, Ghosn was arrested in November 2018 amid allegations that he used Nissan cash to buy himself homes in Paris, Beirut, Rio de Janeiro, and Amsterdam.
He faces four charges of falsifying financial statements.
Ghosn had been under house arrest at his home in Tokyo on a bail of £10.5 million, but was able to evade police surveillance and leave the country on a false passport.
Lebanese news channel MTV reports that a group of paramilitaries entered the home posing as musicians hired to perform at a dinner party and left with Ghosn hiding inside a box designed to hold a musical instrument.
The box is thought to have been a double bass case, typically around 6’2″ in height.
Since arriving in Lebanon, Ghosn has claimed he was escaping “injustice and political persecution”.
He said he would “no longer be held hostage by a rigged Japanese justice system where guilt is presumed, discrimination is rampant, and basic human rights are denied.”
Ghosn spent his childhood in Lebanon, where officials have confirmed he entered the country legally.
He is believed to have travelled to capital Beirut via Istanbul.
Lebanon currently has no extradition treaty with Japan.
One of his lawyers, Junichiro Hironaka, has called his behaviour “inexcusable”.
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The episode represents a dramatic fall for Ghosn, hailed for rescuing Nissan, which he led from near bankruptcy over two decades.
He was also chairman and chief executive of Nissan’s French partner Renault.
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