Nissan slams Ghosn's 'extremely regrettable' escape

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Authorities in Japan have issued an arrest warrant for the wife of former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, who fled the country last week while awaiting trial on charges of financial misconduct.

Ghosn got to Osaka on a bullet train from Tokyo after leaving his home there on the afternoon of December 29, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported Monday.

"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, in flagrant disregard of Japan's legal obligations under global law and treaties it is bound to uphold", Ghosn's statement said, according to NHK, Japan's national broadcasting service.

A security camera captured Ghosn leaving his Tokyo residence alone around noon on the day of his escape, public broadcaster NHK reported last week, citing people involved in the investigation.

The global fugitive then went by auto to a hotel near Osaka's Kansai worldwide Airport where he boarded a private jet, the news agency said.

In a statement Tuesday, he said he fled to avoid "political persecution" by a "rigged Japanese justice system".

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that the diminutive Ghosn slipped out of Japan aboard a private jet hidden in a large black case typically used to carry audio gear.

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Nissan has finally broken its silence on former chairman Carlos Ghosn's incredible escape from Japan, saying that the "extremely regrettable" move will not stop the company from pursuing legal action against him.

In their first remarks since Ghosn's flight just before the New Year, prosecutors said the escape vindicated their argument that he should have been kept in custody. She confirmed Ghosn's bail has been cancelled and an Interpol "red notice" had been issued.

Ghosn's legal team also said prosecutors withheld evidence, citing concerns voiced by Nissan that it included sensitive information about operations and employees.

Ghosn is believed to have flown from the Japanese city of Osaka to Istanbul, in Turkey, and then to Beirut in Lebanon.

Interpol, the global police cooperation body, has issued a "red notice" for Carlos Ghosn's arrest, but Beirut and Tokyo do not have an extradition treaty. His trial was to be held in April.

Aoun explained that the government of Lebanon did not have any involvement whatsoever in the incident, stating that Lebanon attaches importance to the relations with Japan, and, in response to the request for cooperation from Japan, promised that Lebanon would spare no effort in providing unstinting cooperation, the statement said.

Lebanon does not normally extradite its citizens.

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