Nissan’s former CEO fled Japan in a musical instrument box, with 1.5 billion yen bail gone off, and staged a live version of “Jailbreak!”! On December 31st, people all over the world were immersed in the New Year atmosphere, and many people in Japan were waiting for the red and white song, known as the “Japanese Spring Festival Evening”. But yesterday’s startling news shocked the global auto industry and left Japan’s law enforcement agencies in the face.
Carlos Ghosn, the former CEO of Nissan Motor Co., who was arrested by Japanese police, has now absconded from his home in Lebanon.
“Just watch the news and know the prisoner ran away!” ”
Mr. Ghosn’s “New Year’s Run” has left Japan’s Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, customs and police facing widespread criticism that even Mr. Ghosn’s own defence lawyers have no knowledge of. Lebanon, on the other hand, welcomed the return of his country’s business legend with open arms.
Since there is no extradition agreement between Japan and Lebanon,media generally analyze that Mr. Ghosn will not be forced to return to Japan. That means Mr. Ghosn’s bail of up to 1.5 billion yen ($97 million) will be confiscated.
But Ghosn himself shouldn’t mind. One of his family members told AFP.
“He went home, he was very happy, he was finally free. ”
Abscond in a musical instrument box
The case of former Nissan CEO Ghosn, accused of violating Japan’s financial laws, has been dormant for some time and is scheduled to go to trial in 2020. According to His defence lawyer, he met with Mr Ghosn on Christmas Day 2019 (25 December 2019) to discuss a contingency plan for the trial.
Media coverage in Lebanon
In November 2018, Ghosn was arrested by Japanese police and held in a Tokyo detention facility for 108 days. On March 6, 2019, Japanese prosecutors ordered Mr. Ghosn to be released from prison on bail of 1 billion yen, which was widely held in the eyes of Japanese public opinion at the time. Mr Ghosn was later arrested again, but was released on bail on 25 April 2019 and was restricted from leaving the country.
Although Ghosn was reportedly released on bail, his home in Japan remains under police scrutiny. As a result, Mr. Ghosn’s Japanese defence lawyer argued that the absconding operation required “a very large-scale organizational co-ordination.”
According to local Lebanese television station MTV, Ghosn fled Japan after a Christmas band visited his home and hid in an oversized instrument box.
Goon’s hiding map
Another Lebanese website, el Neshra, reported that Mr. Ghosn had been helped by a Western security firm. French newspaper Le Monde, citing anonymous sources, said Ghosn’s wife relied on her brother’s contacts in Turkey to help arrange the escape.
In addition, photographs from local media in Beirut (lebanon’s capital) showed Lebanese internal security forces closely guarding a luxurious house, which court documents say belongs to Ghosn.
However, the above-mentioned reports have not yet been confirmed by the Japanese and Lebanese governments officially.
Japanese customs also launched an emergency investigation after the incident, but did not find Ghosn’s exit records, so it is suspected that Ghosn may have left using a pseudonym and forged passport. A Lebanese government source confirmed to NHK that “Ghosn entered Lebanon under other names, not Carlos Ghosn’s identity.” ”
According to the New York Times, Ghosn had used pseudonyms or disguises to get away with it several times before, such as once, when He slipped out of the building in a cleaner’s uniform and mixed up in a staff room in order to leave the detention center as soon as possible.
News chaos, Japanese prosecutors ‘face-to-face’
“I’m in Lebanon, but i’m not absconding, i’m fleeing the political and judicial persecution of Japan. ”
At noon on December 31st, A statement issued by Mr Ghosn once again brought the Japanese side to the fore.
“I will no longer be held hostage in a rigged Japanese justice system where the presumption of guilt, discrimination is rampant, fundamental human rights are denied, and Japan’s legal obligations and treaties of international law are blatantly ignored. ”
Media reports said Mr Ghosn would hold a press conference in Lebanon in the coming days.
“So people run away, is the Japanese government sleeping?” “What the prosecution is surprised to say, I’m going to be scared! Isn’t that the job of Japan’s police? “…
After news of Mr. Ghosn’s escape broke, Japanese media accused the government of carelessness. Mr Ghosn’s ability to escape easily also reflects loopholes in Japan’s immigration management, leaving some people skeptical.
The news of Ghosn’s escape was initially reported by Lebanon’s Arabic-language newspaper La Repubblis, but the newspaper’s informant did not know how Ghosn was able to leave Japan, and even questioned whether Ghosn’s departure was officially approved by the Japanese government. The Oriental Daily, another major French-language newspaper in Lebanon, later confirmed the news, followed by international media such as the French Echo, the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal. As a party to the Japanese government, but waited until the 31st morning more than 6 o’clock to learn that Ghosn has fled.
Even after Mr. Ghosn’s own statement, the Japanese prosecutor’s office was puzzled. The Nikkei newspaper quoted prosecutors as saying that “the actual situation is being confirmed”. Another official said, “I have strongly opposed the court’s decision to bail him out.” One of Mr. Ghosn’s defense lawyers said on the 31st that Mr. Ghosn’s departure from Japan was “a shock”, and the Japanese lawyer said he only learned of the report.
Japan’s foreign ministry told NHK that if it is confirmed that Ghosn has left the country, it will be identified as “escape on bail” and will be coordinated with the Lebanese government through diplomatic channels.
Prominent in Lebanon
Born in Lebanon, born in Brazil, educated in France and speaking four languages… Carlos Ghosn’s career is legendary.
Nissan faced a heavy loss in 1999 when Mr Ghosn negotiated a takeover of Nissan on Renault’s behalf, eventually completing the Renault-Nissan alliance in exchange for a stake. After taking over Nissan, Ghosn launched the “Nissan Revival Slip”, relying on drastic layoffs, reduced procurement costs, plant closure and other measures, only took two years to make Nissan car turn a profit, become a classic case of Japanese companies global transformation.
But in 2018, Mr. Ghosn suddenly went from “Nissan Saviour” to a prisoner.
According to documents filed after Mr. Ghosn’s arrest, the Tokyo District Court found that Mr. Ghosn had committed serious breaches of trust while he was nissan chairman, and that he faced three other charges, including false lying income and transferring personal property damage to Nissan Motor, all of which Mr. Ghosn denied, according to documents filed after Mr. Goein’s arrest.
But in his home country of Lebanon, Ghosn has always had a very high status. The Lebanese government has been revering the business mogul for years, and in 2017 issued a stamp with Ghosn’s head on it. Some Lebanese even want Mr. Ghosn to run for president, and Mr. Ghosn said in a speech back home that the government could learn from his case of restructuring Nissan’s car debt.
“As Lebanese, we tend to support the people of this small country, which has been through so many wars and difficult crises. “A Lebanese media editor says so.
Following Ghosn’s arrest in 2018, the Lebanese Foreign Ministry said publicly: “Carlos Ghosn is a well-known citizen of Lebanon and represents Lebanon’s success story abroad. In this severe test, the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs will side with him to ensure that he receives a fair trial. ”
In December 2018, a Lebanese advertiser erected 18 billboards in the capital Beirut with a sign that read “We are all Ghosn.”
Lebanon’s interior minister, Markienok, was even more forceful in declaring:
“A Lebanese phoenix won’t be scorched by the Japanese sun. “