Former Nissan and Renault boss Carlos Ghosn. File picture: Benoit Tessier / Reuters
Former Nissan and Renault boss Carlos Ghosn. File picture: Benoit Tessier / Reuters

Two Americans helped ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn flee Japan - report

By DPA Time of article published Jan 7, 2020

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Tokyo - Japanese authorities have found that two Americans helped former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn leave the country as details of his flight begin to emerge, according to local media reports Tuesday.

Ghosn, who faced trial in Japan on financial misconduct charges, left his home in Tokyo alone on the afternoon of December 29 and walked about 800 metres to a hotel, where he met the two Americans, broadcaster NHK reported, citing unnamed investigative sources.

The two flew into Kansai International Airport in Osaka in the morning on a private jet from Dubai, checked in at a hotel nearby with a large box and boarded a bullet train from Shin-Osaka station to Shinagawa station in Tokyo, NHK said.

Ghosn and the two then took a crowded bullet train from Shinagawa to Shin-Osaka and arrived at the hotel after 8 pm (1100 GMT), the broadcaster said.

Two hours later, the two left the hotel with two large boxes, while Ghosn was not to be seen, the report said.

The two oversized containers, declared as music-related cases, did not undergo X-ray checks. Customs officials did not open them either. The jet bound for Turkey took off around 11:10 pm, local media reported.

Japanese authorities believe Ghosn hid inside one of the two boxes, the reports said.

Ghosn, who was first arrested in November 2018, has been charged with breach of trust and falsifying financial documents to under-report his income for years. He has denied the allegations.

Ghosn said after his arrival in Lebanon a week ago that he had escaped "injustice and political persecution" in Japan.

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