UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The former head of the Nissan concern Carlos Ghosn is satisfied with the hearing in a Lebanese court, his lawyer Carlos Aboujaoude told reporters.
Lebanese Attorney General Hassan Oweidat summoned Gon for interrogation on Thursday in Beirut.
“Mr. Ghosn is satisfied with the trial in Lebanon,” the lawyer said.
Earlier, the court ordered a ban on Gon’s departure from Lebanon. At a press conference on Wednesday, Ghosn announced that he did not plan to leave Lebanon in the near future, he also noted that he would not hide from justice and was ready to prove his innocence in all the articles brought against him by the Japanese side.
Carlos Ghosn, who was under house arrest in Tokyo, fled in late December. He reached Beirut via a private jet through Istanbul, from where he officially announced his whereabouts.
The Japanese side demands to extradite Gon for his arrest. Interpol gave the Lebanese side a “red mark” to detain the businessman.
Ghosn and his right hand Greg Kelly were arrested on November 19, 2018 on suspicion that the ex-head of Nissan did not declare all of his income, and Kelly allegedly helped him with this.
The amount concealed from the declaration of income from 2010 to 2017 is estimated at 8 billion yen (about 71 million dollars). In addition, Gon is suspected of covering losses incurred by the company as a result of private investment. Losses amounted to 1.85 billion yen (at the rate at that time – about 21 million dollars).
Last spring, Gon’s lawyers paid a security deposit of 1.5 billion yen (about $ 15 million), after which he was released on bail. Before the trial, which was to be held in Japan in the spring of 2020, he had no right to leave the country.
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