The Lebanese judiciary has banned ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn from leaving the country. This was decided by the Attorney General in Beirut today after hearing the international arrest warrant against the 65-year-old.
Shortly before the turn of the year, Ghosn left Japan and traveled to Lebanon after a spectacular escape. In Japan, Ghosn faces a lawsuit, among other things, on charges of misusing company capital and transferring private losses to Nissan.
Interpol’s search warrant
The international police authority Interpol had issued a search warrant against Ghosn. Japan also requested that the former top manager be arrested. With no extradition agreement between the two countries, Ghosn is unlikely to return to Japan. In addition to Lebanese, he also has French and Brazilian citizenship.
The former CEO of the French-Japanese car alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi was arrested and charged in Tokyo on November 19, 2018, among other things, for violating stock exchange requirements. In April 2019, he was released on bail under strict conditions on bail. Ghosn fled to Beirut in a private jet in late December, allegedly hidden in a box.
The former car manager made serious allegations against the Japanese judiciary yesterday in Beirut when he made his first public appearance after fleeing. He described the trial against himself as politically motivated. He also complained of poor prison conditions.