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Interpol Issues 'Red Notice' for Escaped Ghosn

Lebanon will question fugitive CEO as a result, but it is not compelled to arrest him
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2020 7:22 AM CST
Updated Jan 2, 2020 11:42 AM CST

(Newser) – News outlets, not to mention the government of Japan, are still trying to piece together how former Nissan exec Carlos Ghosn slipped out of the country ahead of his trial and made it to Lebanon. By most accounts, Ghosn was smuggled onto a private jet to Turkey then flew to Lebanon from there. But how did he clear customs if he had surrendered all his passports in Japan? Two new reports, from AFP and Japan's NHK, may have the answer: Both say a Japanese court allowed Ghosn to keep one of his two French passports at home. The reason is unclear, but his attorneys apparently argued he needed it for travel within Japan itself. It was to be kept in a locked case, with his attorneys holding the code or key. Other details:

  • Wanted man: Interpol issued a wanted notice for Ghosn on Thursday, and Lebanon has received it, reports the AP. However, the "red notice" doesn't compel Lebanon to arrest Ghosn. In response to the alert, a Lebanese court summoned Ghosn to appear for questioning next week, reports the Wall Street Journal. "We are a country of law and respect the law," said Lebanese Justice Minister Albert Serhan. "The prosecution will not stay cross-armed regarding this red notice."

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