Mr. Ghosn’s escape from Japan’s fascinating bizarre plots are being “stripped” by layers. Carlos Ghosn, the former chairman of the Nissan Renault alliance, was travelling from Japan on a Shinkansen train from Tokyo to Osaka and embarking on his stunning “escape” route, with several others on his way, Kyodo News reported.
Japanese authorities also said in a statement on Monday that they may still ask for Mr. Ghosn’s extradition from Lebanon to face charges of multiple financial wrongdoings, although the country does not normally extradite its nationals( who have Lebanese, Brazilian and French nationalities).
Not long ago, news of Ghosn’s bail pending trial in Japan and his “escape from the country” during his departure was a sensation.
On December 30, 2019, it was first reported that the legendary auto industry leader had appeared in Lebanon, followed by Lebanese media revealing details of Ghosn’s escape from his residence: agents posing as bands to perform at the residence, and then hiding Ghosn in a musical instrument case and taking him away from the scene in what was a bizarre plot called a “movie blockbuster.”
On January 6, 2020, Kyodo news agency interviewed people familiar with the matter, saying that by reviewing surveillance cameras around the country, Mr. Ghosn’s path of action had been identified.
Security cameras captured Mr. Ghosn leaving his home at around 14:30 p.m. on December 29, arriving at Tokyo’s Shinagawa station and then taking a train to Shin Osaka station, 300 miles away, Kyodo news agency reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. He then boarded a private plane at 23:10 p.m. at a hotel near Osaka Kansai International Airport.
That is to say, the so-called “Ghosn escape” does not have the band to play cover, hiding instrument box to avoid the prosecution’s line of sight, the former Nissan boss in broad daylight on Japan’s most common public transport to complete the “prison break.”
Kyodo said prosecutors were working closely with police to analyze Ghosn’s route and identify those who helped him escape.
Meanwhile, the Japanese government held its first press conference on Monday after Mr. Ghosn’s escape, and Justice Minister Yoshihide Saeko said that, as a general principle, the government could demand the extradition of a suspect from a country that has not yet signed a formal extradition agreement.
Reuters noted that Mr Mori told reporters in Tokyo that such a request needed to be carefully examined on the basis of “guaranteed reciprocity” and “domestic laws of partner countries”. But she did not elaborate on what factors could guarantee reciprocity, namely the benefits or penalties that a country gives to citizens of another. She also did not say whether there were any Lebanese citizens in Japan who were being sought in Lebanon.
Mr. Mori also defended Mr. Gohn’s claim that the Japanese justice system was unfair.
It is worth noting that under Japanese law, suspects who deny charges are usually detained for long periods of time in Japan and are questioned for long periods without a lawyer present, a system that critics call “hostage justice”.
“The various comments about the Japanese justice system are different from illegal flights,” Mr Mori told reporters. She said criticism of the justice system could not justify Mr Ghosn’s escape. “Leaving the country without due process is tantamount to smuggling, and illegal departure is a crime.” ”
On Sunday (January 5), Japanese authorities broke days of silence over Mr. Ghosn’s case, saying they would step up immigration measures and conduct a thorough investigation into his escape. The authorities also issued an international notice of his arrest.
The Lebanese side had previously said it had received an interpolation warrant for Ghosn, but the country also said Ghosn had entered Lebanon in a legal manner. A senior Lebanese security official said Lebanon would not extradite its citizens to other countries.
On January 7, local time, According to Japan’s Kyodo News Agency reported that the Tokyo District Attorney’s Office of the Special Search Department 7 on suspicion of perjury, obtained the former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn’s wife Carol’s arrest warrant.
Earlier,media had reported that Carroll personally planned Ghosn’s escape, and borrowed the help of his brother in Turkey, for three months, first by private jet to take Ghosn from Japan to Istanbul, and then to the Lebanese capital Beirut, even the pilot did not know Ghosn was on board.
But Mr Carroll denied Mr Ghosn’s escape.