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This Might Be How Carlos Ghosn Flew the Coop

Reports suggest he hid in a box meant for a musical instrument aboard plane
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2019 12:50 PM CST
A file photo of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn.   (Kyodo News via AP, File)

(Newser) – Former Nissan exec Carlos Ghosn stunned authorities in Japan by fleeing to Lebanon to escape a trial over alleged financial misconduct. But how? Nothing has been confirmed, but Business Insider cites multiple reports that Ghosn hid in a box made for a musical instrument on his escape flight. One of those reporting it is Financial Times editor Lionel Barber, who tweeted: "I can read a million words on how car boss Carlos Ghosn escaped 24 hour surveillance in Japan to flee by private jet to Lebanon. Beirut sources saying he hid in a box designed for a musical instrument. Double bass, presumably." Similar reports were in Lebanese media.

Ghosn's attorney in Japan is professing ignorance, saying he still holds Ghosn's three passports, per the Wall Street Journal. The Journal thinks Ghosn got on a private jet to Turkey and entered Lebanon from there. The gambit might have saved him from spending years in prison: Lebanon does not extradite its citizens, making it unlikely Japan will be able to force his return. Ghosn, though born in Brazil, has Lebanese parents. In fact, Lebanon once put him on a postage stamp. The fugitive exec is expected to address the media next week. (Read more Carlos Ghosn stories.)

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