Carlos Ghosn fled Japan in a musical instrument box
Music channel conglomerate MTV’s Lebanese channel reported that ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn fled Japan while hidden inside a box intended to transfer musical instruments.
A band of musicians entered his home in Japan under the pretense of providing entertainment for that evenings meal. After leaving the party, Ghosn hid inside one of the musical instrument boxes before departing Japan via a local airport.
Ghosn had been in Lebanon for many hours before news of his escape from Japan was made public. Japan’s ambassador to Lebanon was only informed of Ghosn’s arrival in the country after MTV Lebanon contacted his office, according to the popular music channel.
“I am now in Lebanon and will 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 said in a statement on Tuesday.
“I have not fled justice – I have escaped injustice and political persecution. I can now finally communicate freely with the media, and look forward to starting next week,” he added.
The Lebanese government was initially left clueless as to how Ghosn made it into Lebanon. Lebanon had apparently shared information on Ghosn to Japan a year ago without receiving reply but a further file was shared with Japan’s assistant foreign minister in Beirut a few days ago, according to a Lebanese foreign ministry statement.
Lebanon does not have judicial cooperation agreements with Japan but shared the information as part of their participation in a United Nations agreement on fighting corruption.
MTV revealed that Ghosn had entered Lebanon legally using his French passport with immigration officers seeing no reason to prevent entry.
This contradicts Ghosn’s lawyers statements who claimed to be in possession of his three passports as required by the terms of his bail.
Ghosn’s lawyer in Japan, Junichiro Hironaka added that his clients actions were inexcusable. Ghosn is facing charges in Japan for financial misconduct during his time as Nissan head.