Recently, the former chairman of Nissan Motor Co. , Mr. Ghosn fled japan to Lebanon while on bail, continuing to raise concerns about the veracity of Mr. Ghosn’s dramatic escape from the “hidden box.” Recently, more and more new details have surfaced, what is the truth?
Detail 1: Ghosn steps out of the apartment on his own
Carlos Ghosn, the former chairman of Nissan Motor Co., announced after he had fled to Lebanon that he was shirking not justice but the presumption of guilt of Japanese justice. It was then rumoured that Mr. Ghosn was packed in a tightly watched Tokyo apartment by former Lebanese special forces posing as musicians. Mr. Ghosn’s wife immediately denied the claim.
The final footage of two surveillance cameras on the door of Mr. Ghosn’s Tokyo apartment showed Mr. Ghosn walking out of the apartment alone, AFP reported.
According to Reuters, Ghosn left after the security firm stopped monitoring him. It turned out that Nissan had hired a private security company to spy on Mr. Ghosn from meeting his co-conspirators before the trial. But Mr. Ghosn’s lawyers say the move infringes on Mr. Ghosn’s rights. The security firm suspended surveillance of Ghosn’s Tokyo apartment before his lawyers were due to file a judicial complaint. Ghosn should have left after the interruption of surveillance.
It is reported that five days after his escape, Mr. Ghosn issued a statement saying that all his actions from Japan were arranged by himself and had nothing to do with his family.
Detail2: A call with his wife on Christmas Eve
In addition, one of Mr Goeh’s lead lawyers, Takashi Takano, said he was disappointed with Japan’s judicial system, the Financial Times reported. He also mentioned on his blog that Ghosn had called his wife on Christmas Eve. Under bail conditions, Ghosn was unable to see his wife and could only speak to her with the permission of the court.
Mr. Takano was one of the lawyers involved in persuading the Tokyo District Court to grant Mr. Ghosn bail. After Mr. Gohn absconded, Mr. Gono was an outspoken critic of Japan’s legal system: “I was betrayed, but it wasn’t Carlos Ghosn who betrayed me,” he wrote.
He said he felt betrayed and angry after his client, Mr. Ghosn, ran away, but thought about the way Mr. Ghosn was treated in Japan’s draconian judiciary, and the anger gave way to something else. ‘I can imagine that if someone else had so much money for him, these relationships, and the ability to act like that, would have done the same in his situation, at least as much as he intended to do,’ he said.
Detail 3: Is the level of surveillance drop in Japan?
The Financial Times also noted that there was growing evidence of a drop in government and private-sector surveillance of the tycoon in the days leading up to his flight.
Reported that a news analysis program said that Ghosn’s bold escape is a mockery of Japan, which also reflects the tone of many comments on the Japanese internet since the escape.
The same program also features images of a private jet taking off from Kansai International Airport on the evening of December 29, 2019, as well as comments from experts describing the airport’s relatively lax checks on passengers and luggage on private flights.
In addition, according to Turkish media reported Wednesday evening, a Turkish court released two employees of a ground service company who were detained in connection with Ghosn’s transit through Istanbul. Five other people questioned at the same time – four pilots and an operations manager for a Turkish private jet operator – have been jailed and are awaiting trial.
Detail 4: Are U.S. special forces involved?
Mr. Ghosn’s escape plan may also involve former members of the U.S. Special Forces. Two passengers with U.S. passports were among The Private Plane that Ghosn flew out of Japan.
According to the Financial Times, the escape appears to have been orchestrated in part by former U.S. special forces and other private security personnel. Two U.S. passport holders, Michael Taylor and George Anthony Zayek, were accompanying Mr. Ghosn on the flight from Osaka to Istanbul, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Mr. Taylor and Mr. Zayek’s names are reportedly the same as the names of former special forces agents who have long worked as private security contractors in the Middle East and Africa. The Financial Times could not be reached for comment.
Detail 5: Lebanon is in diplomatic trouble
The Financial Times analysis said that while Mr Ghosn appeared to be popular with the Lebanese government at first, Beirut appeared to be keeping his distance from his escape. The escape has put the Lebanese authorities in a diplomatic quandary, as they have previously lobbied Japan through official channels to send Mr. Ghosn back to Lebanon.
“Lebanon has nothing to do with Ghosn’s flight from Japan,” Lebanon’s minister of presidential affairs, Salim Jreissati, insisted at a meeting with Japan’s ambassador in Beirut on Wednesday.
The two also discussed the consequences of Interpol’s red wanted notice, which called for Lebanon’s temporary arrest of Ghosn but did not enforce it, state media reported.
The Lebanese authorities are expected to issue a summons to Mr. Ghosn next week for questioning. However, Lebanon and Japan did not sign an extradition pact.
France has an extradition agreement with Japan, but France’s deputy minister of economy, industry and industry, Agnes, says France will never extradite its own citizens to other countries, and Mr Ghosn has French citizenship, so even if he comes to France, he will not be extradited to Japan.
It is reported that on November 19, 2018, Nissan’s former chairman, Mr. Ghosn, was arrested by the Tokyo District Attorney’s Office’s Special Search Department on charges of concealing huge personal income and misappropriating company funds for private expenses. On March 5, 2019, the Tokyo District Court granted Ghosn bail. A month later, on April 4, Ghosn was arrested for a fourth time on suspicion of serious breaches of trust. On April 25, Ghosn was released on bail again.
Mr Ghosn, who had absconded, plans to hold a press conference on January 8th after fleeing to Lebanon.