Ex-Nissan Motor Co Chairman says he’s aiding those that helped him flee to Lebanon

Beirut, July 12

Former Nissan Motor Co Chairman Carlos Ghosn says he’s helping those that helped him flee from Japan to Lebanon in 2019 however refuses to supply particulars concerning the escape, saying such info would endanger them.

In an interview aired late on Saturday by the pan-Arab Al-Arabiya TV, Ghosn refused to touch upon allegations from prosecutors within the US, who mentioned final week that he wired greater than $8,60,000 to an organization linked to one of many males accused of serving to smuggle him out of Japan in a field in December.

Michael Taylor, a 59-year-old former Green Beret and personal safety specialist, and Peter Taylor (27) are needed by Japan on the fees of serving to Ghosn escape the nation in December after he was launched on bail.

Ghosn was arrested in November 2018 and was anticipated to face trial in April 2020. He posted 1.5 billion Yen ($14 million) bail on two separate situations after he was arrested a second time on extra costs, and launched once more.

When pressed to talk about the Taylors, who’re beneath arrest within the US, in addition to others who helped him flee, Ghosn refused to talk about any particular individual.

He mentioned after he arrived in Lebanon, he vowed not to talk about how he left Japan “because any statement I am going to make will endanger the people who helped me leave Japan”.

Asked if he’s aiding those that helped him get out of Japan, Ghosn mentioned: “Of course.”

When requested concerning the Taylors, Ghosn mentioned: “You are talking about specific people and I will not comment. However, I am helping everyone who stood by me as much as I can. Financially, and in any way I can.”

“I made the entire plan of how to get out but I needed information and assistance. I am not ready to involve these people at this moment simply by talking about it,” he mentioned. He is believed to have been smuggled inside a big field.

Ghosn, who holds Lebanese, Brazilian and French citizenship, mentioned the “only side that stood by me is the Lebanese state. They intervened and they asked the Japanese state, ‘Why are you doing this to him?’” Ghosn mentioned when he arrived in Lebanon, Japan requested the Lebanese authorities hand him over.

“Lebanon approved that if they receive the case file. They (Japanese) didn’t send anything for six months,” he mentioned.

Earlier this month, a Turkish court docket launched 4 pilots and a non-public airline official from jail, pending the result of their trial on costs of smuggling Ghosn out of Japan to Lebanon, by way of Turkey. AP

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