Ex-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn is now on Interpol’s wanted list as a fugitive from justice in Japan.
The request is unenforceable in Lebanon, where Ghosn fled. He used a spare French passport and his Lebanese ID to enter the country. Ghosn is a citizen of both countries, neither of which has an extradition treaty with Japan.
The Interpol listing, made at Japan’s request, is among several legal actions spawned by Ghosn’s clandestine exit from Japan last weekend. He had been free under a highly restricted bail agreement that barred him from leaving the country.
Ghosn departed Japan in a private business jet and switched planes in Istanbul, Turkey, for a final hop to Beirut. Japan’s immigration service has no record of him leaving the country, making his departure illegal.
Ghosn reportedly chartered the two aircraft he used from Turkish operator MNG Jet Havacilik, although the service says Ghosn’s name doesn’t appear on either agreement. The company, which has filed its own criminal complaint over being duped about who leased the two planes, says one of its employees has admitted falsifying the charter records.
Turkish authorities describe Ghosn’s passage through their country as illegal, since he failed to identify himself. Turkish police have arrested seven people, including four pilots, suspected of playing roles in Ghosn’s getaway.
More Drama to Come
Media reports say Ghosn has been worried about being abducted by Japanese agents and returned for trial. News photos of his house in Beirut show it under guard.
The next big installment in this head-spinning drama is set for Jan. 8. That’s when Ghosn will use a press conference in Beirut to launch his counterattack against what he has blasted as a conspiracy against him made possible by Japan’s unfair and inhumane legal system.