A news report published by the Japanese news agency Kyodo on Monday claimed to have revealed a part of the mysterious journey that the former Nissan and Renault boss Carlos Ghosn had undertaken to escape from Japan to Lebanon. The report claimed that Ghosn had taken a bullet train ride from Tokyo to Osaka and was potentially accompanied by a number of aids.
According to Japanese authorities, the prosecutors could push for the extradition of Ghosn from Lebanon even though there is no extradition treaty between the two countries. Japanese prosecutors want to get hold of Ghosn to face multiple charges of financial wrongdoing in the country.
According to the report of Kyodo, that quoted a source familiar with the matter as saying, Ghosn was seen leaving his home on December 29 at about 2:30 p.m. (0530 GMT) according to security cameras. He then reached Tokyo’s Shinagawa Station some hours later from where he took a train to Shin Osaka Station. The media report further added that Ghosn then went to a hotel near Osaka’s Kansai International Airport in a car. He boarded a private jet at 11:10 p.m. form the airport.
Ghosn, who is set to face charges of financial misconduct, was forbidden from leaving Japan. The former auto industry tycoon had denied the charges brought against him. After his escape from Japan, Ghosn reportedly had said that he did so because the “rigged” justice system of Japan where he believed he would not get justice.
Kyodo said that Japanese investigators and public prosecutors are now trying to get details of how Ghosn escaped the country and identified the co-conspirators of Ghosn.
As a general principle, is was possible for Tokyo to file a request for extradition of Ghosn form Lebanon even though there was no formal extradition treaty with the country, said Justice Minister Masako Mori in the first government briefing since the escape of Ghosn from the country.
Mori told reporters in Tokyo that the government needs to carefully examine such a request based on the possibility of “guaranteeing reciprocity and the domestic law of the partner country”.
No further details about guarantee reciprocity were given by Mori. Guarantee reciprocity is a process whereby benefits or penalties extended by one country to citizens of another should be reciprocated. The Minister also did not say anything about the presence of any Lebanese national in Japan who are wanted back in their home country
The chain of events of Ghosn’s escape to his ancestral home was not detailed by Mori, who reportedly said that no comment could be made because of the investigation ongoing in the case.
The receiving of an Interpol arrest warrant for Ghosn has been confirmed by Lebanon. The country’s government has also officially said that Ghosn had illegally entered the country.
However according to Lebanese reports quoting a senior Lebanese security official, extradition of its own citizens is not done by Lebanon.
(Adapted from Nasdaq.com)