Carlos Ghosn, who fled from Japan to Lebanon, had access to an extra copy of his French passport, despite the fact that he was not allowed to leave the country due to a criminal investigation. The Japanese broadcaster NHK reports on Thursday that the former Nissan chief executive had to carry the document in a sealed envelope.
Ghosn appeared in Beirut, Lebanon at the beginning of this week, where he picked up, while the businessman was not allowed to leave Japan. He is suspected of financial misconduct in the Asian country. He himself denies all accusations.
The 65-year-old man was arrested in November 2018 on arrival at Tokyo airport and released on bail in March 2019 under certain conditions. For example, he had to surrender his French, Brazilian and Lebanese passports to his lawyers.
NHK reports based on sources that Ghosn has been obliged since May to carry his reserve passport in a sealed enclosure, after his lawyers had the terms of the bail adjusted. The key lay with the lawyers, who said they did not know about the trip to Lebanon and were shocked by the unexpected departure of their client.
Why Ghosn was allowed to carry a passport is not clear. For example, it is not known whether this has anything to do with Japanese legislation. Foreigners must always carry an official ID or passport with them during their stay in Japan.
Ghosn: I fled political persecution
After Ghosn announced at a press conference that he had fled "injustice and political persecution," many questions immediately arose about how he had left Japan. The Lebanese state news agency NNA then reported that Ghosn had lawfully entered the country with which Japan has no extradition treaty and is therefore not being prosecuted.
According to Reuters news agency , the businessman arrived on Monday with a private plane from Istanbul's Turkish capital to the capital of Lebanon. He was allegedly smuggled out of Japan by a security company after three months of work on the escape plan.