Turkish company admits its own plane helped escape Ghosn

After the former chairman of Nissan Motor Co. Carlos Ghosn’s flight route came to light, Turkey’s private carrier MNG Jet admitted Wednesday that its plane was illegally used for Ghosn’s escape, an employee falsified records and Ghosn’s name did not appear on any flight-related documents. Details of Ghosn’s escape are unclear, but the route from Kansai, Japan, to Istanbul, Turkey, and finally to Beirut, Lebanon, has been confirmed.

Turkish company admits its own plane helped escape Ghosn

During his escape, Ghosn used a private company plane and involved several passports. In Istanbul, where he was transferred, Turkish police arrested seven people who are scheduled to testify on Wednesday. The seven arrested persons included four pilots, a cargo company manager and two airport ground staff.

MNG said Wednesday that it has filed a criminal complaint in Turkey over the illegal use of charter services. But it did not specify who the suit was and declined to answer further questions. According to the company, an employee under investigation by the Turkish authorities admitted to altering the records and admitted to “acting in an individual person” without the company’s knowledge.

MNG said it leased two private jetliners: one from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to Osaka, Japan, and from Osaka to Istanbul, and the other from Istanbul to Beirut.

“The two leases appear to be separate,” the company said in a statement. Mr. Ghosn’s name does not appear on the official documents of any flight. The statement did not reveal the identity of the person who chartered the aircraft. The company said it only learned after seeing the media reports that two of its charter flights had helped Mr. Ghosn.

The International Criminal Police Organization issued an arrest warrant for Ghosn to the Lebanese side on The 3rd. In an interview with The Associated Press, Lebanon’s justice minister, Albert Serhan, said Lebanon would fulfill its responsibilities. But he said Ghosn entered Lebanon with a legal passport.

A Lebanese official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP that the Lebanese side was expected to summon Mr. Ghosn next week because of a “red alert” from Interpol.

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