Ghosn ghosted: Disgraced Nissan chief reportedly fled Japan hidden in musical instrument case
The audacious escape was reportedly carried out with the help of a group who posed as musicians, who were due to perform at a function held in Ghosn's Tokyo home, according to Lebanon’s MTV.
They then left the residence after the requisite time had passed. But unbeknownst to the Japanese authorities guarding the former executive, he had slipped past the security cordon hidden a musical instrument case. He then fled the country via a local airport.
The former executive stands accused of underreporting his income and pinning his personal financial losses on Nissan. He posted bail of $9 million in April and was kept under house arrest in Tokyo, during which time he was forbidden from communicating with his wife for seven months as part of his bail conditions.Also on rt.com Fallen Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn makes improbable 'escape' from Japan
By the time anyone was aware that the former head of Nissan-Renault alliance had fled house arrest in Japan Tuesday, he was already in Beirut and had reportedly met with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, who afforded him a security detail for his own protection.
“I am now in Lebanon and will no longer be held hostage by a rigged Japanese justice system where guilt is presumed, discrimination is rampant, and basic human rights are denied,” Ghosn said in a statement on Tuesday.
MTV reported that Ghosn entered Lebanon using his French passport, despite his lawyer's claims to have all three of the executive's passports, in accordance with his bail conditions. Ghosn holds French, Lebanese and Brazilian citizenship and, while he enjoys widespread support in Lebanon, it is unclear whether he will remain there as the situation unfolds.
Junichiro Hironaka, Ghosn’s lawyer, said his client's actions were “inexcusable,” and questioned how and why he would do this to his own legal team.
Questions remain about how Ghosn managed to obtain his passport and how he could slip past airport security to board a private plane to Turkey and then on to Lebanon. The unlikely nature of Ghosn’s escape brought a smile to many online commentators.
Carlos Ghosn revived the fortunes of two struggling global auto makers via a bureaucratically hectic Franco-Japanese alliance, but his legacy will be that he spent months training to contort to himself fit inside the case for a giant double bass; the perfect getaway— Tom Gara (@tomgara) December 31, 2019
"My client requests the court's permission to practice a new kind of musical-instrument-inspired yoga"— Edmund Edgar (@edmundedgar) December 31, 2019
Ghosn needs a movie deal if this is true https://t.co/8Lz25kt29w— Kirk 🌟 (@Jamaipanese) December 31, 2019
The executive’s creative escape also appears to have inspired others’ creativity online.
There once was a man name of GhosnLocked up in his house all aloneTrapped in JapanHe came up with a planTo escape hidden in a trombone— Sam Wilkin (@MrSamWilkin) December 31, 2019
“The circumstances of his departure from Japan and arrival in Beirut are unknown to us, and all talk about it is his own matter.”
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