Speaking at a news conference in Lebanon, Ghosn described himself as a 'hostage' in Japan with a choice between dying there - or running.
One Lebanese TV channel reported that Ghosn fled his residence in Tokyo with help of paramilitary group disguised among a band of musicians.
The former Renault chairman and CEO, Carlos Ghosn, has travelled to Lebanon having fled from Japan where he was on bail facing charges of alleged financial wrongdoing. Ghosn, who was also chairman of Renault's Japanese partner Nissan, and who has always claimed his innocence, immediately justified the extraordinary move by saying he no longer wanted to be “held hostage by a rigged Japanese justice system where guilt is presumed”. From the start of the affair Ghosn has claimed he is the victim of a plot, while largely avoiding details of the allegations against him. Mediapart's Matthieu Suc, author of a recent book on Renault, reports.
Carlos Ghosn, who was awaiting trial in Japan on financial misconduct charges, says he is in Lebanon to avoid a 'rigged Japanese justice system'.
The former Renault-Nissan alliance boss Carlos Ghosn, who holds joint French, Lebanese andf Brazilian nationality and who has been detained in Japan awaiting trial since November 2018 over accusations of financial misconduct at the carmakers, under strict conditions that also barred him from leaving Japan, arrived in Lebanon by private jet from Turkey on Monday according to several media reports.
Carole Ghosn, wife of Carlos Ghosn who was arrested in Japan last November on accusations of financial misconduct, has appealed to US President Donald Trump to help end his continued detention in Tokyo by lobbying the Japanese prime minister at the forthcoming G20 summit.
Carlos Ghosn, the 65-year-old former chairman and CEO of carmakers Renault and Nissan, who was arrested last November in Japan on charges of financial misconduct, was on Monday charged for a fourth time, for allegedly enriching himself with $5 million at Nissan’s expense.
Lawyers acting for Carlos Ghosn, the former Renault-Nissan boss arrested over allegations of financial misconduct five months ago after landing in Tokyo in his private jet, and who was re-arrested last week on further suspicion of financial corruption, have released a video in which the former high-flying executive, 65, denies the accusations against him and denounces a 'very dirty game' of corporate intrigue.
Former Nissan boss is put back under arrest over allegations he misused company funds, a surprise move he calls 'outrageous and arbitrary'.
The case of the arrest and continued detention in Japan of Renault chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn over alleged financial misconduct has revealed the severity of the Japanese judicial system, which again denied him bail at a hearing in Tokyo this week. But it has also illustrated the situation of impunity granted in France to numerous high-placed individuals like Ghosn, writes Mediapart co-founder Laurent Mauduit in this opinion article. For while it now appears that the French government is finally moving towards his replacement as head of the French carmaker, economy and finance minister Bruno Le Maire has until now done his utmost to protect Ghosn, even declaring that there was ‘nothing in particular to report’ on his tax situation in France, when in fact the boss of one of France's biggest industrial corporations has been a tax resident in the Netherlands since 2012.
Hundreds queue at Tokyo court for chance to see former chairman of Nissan and current Renault boss respond to financial misconduct claims.
Carlos Ghosn, chairman of Nissan and also chairman and chief executive of its French partner Renault, is said to have under-reported his income.
At Paris talks Japanese premier Shinzo Abe and President Hollande also confirm plans to strengthen cooperation on nuclear energy technology.