Former Nissan boss took bullet train to Osaka
Tokyo: Former Nissan and Renault boss Carlos Ghosn began his astonishing escape from Japan with a bullet train ride from Tokyo to Osaka, maybe accompanied by several folks, Japanese news agency Kyodo reported Monday.
Japanese authorities said on Monday they might press Ghosn’s extradition from Lebanon to face charges of financial wrongdoing, even though the country does not normally extradite its nationals.
The international fugitive then went by car to a resort near Osaka’s Kansai International Airport, where he boarded a private jet at 11:10 p.m., according to the media accounts.
Ghosn was prohibited from leaving Japan while awaiting trial on charges of financial misconduct, which he has denied, but he fled at the end of last year to escape what he called a “rigged” justice system.
Prosecutors are currently working with police to piece together Ghosn’s route and find out who aided him, Kyodo said.
Such a request would have to be carefully analyzed based on the possibility of”guaranteeing reciprocity and the national law of the partner country”, Mori told reporters in Tokyo.
Mori didn’t say what would guarantee reciprocity – the concept that benefits or penalties extended by one nation to citizens of another should be reciprocated. She also did not say if there were any Lebanese nationals in Japan wanted in Lebanon.
Mori offered little insight to the events of Ghosn’s escape into his ancestral home, repeatedly stating she could not comment on specifics because of an ongoing investigation.
Japanese officials broke days of silence regarding the Ghosn case on Sunday, saying they’d tighten immigration measures and investigate his escape thoroughly. The authorities also have issued an international note for his arrest.
Government offices and most businesses in Japan have been closed for the New Year holidays, which formally ended on Monday.
Lebanon has said it received an Interpol arrest warrant for Ghosn and that he entered the country lawfully. A senior Lebanese security official, meanwhile, has said Lebanon doesn’t extradite its citizens.