UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Japanese former media chief Carlos Ghosn, who fled to Lebanon to avoid prosecution in Japan, has used one of his French passports, while Japan is investigating the embarrassing security vulnerability, local media reported Thursday.
Ghosn, who faces numerous charges related to financial irregularities, was released on bail in April but on strict conditions, including a travel ban abroad.
His chief lawyer, Junichiro Hironaka, said that the lawyers retain three passports of the businessman, who holds French, Brazilian and Lebanese nationalities.
However, the official Japanese Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) reported that the court allowed him to keep a second passport as long as he remained “in a locked box” with the key held by Ghosn’s lawyers.
There are no immigration data showing that Ghosn left from Japan, but he entered Lebanon with a French passport, according to NHK.
Prosecutors and the police are preparing to launch investigations into the astonishing escape, and they believe he left “illegally”, according to the state broadcaster.
Authorities are planning to analyze the surveillance camera records at his home and other places where Ghosn is suspected of appearing before his escape, NHK said.
It was not possible to obtain an immediate confirmation of the commission’s report.
When his lawyers requested that he be released on bail, the plaintiffs feared that he might travel due to his strong ties, but Ghosn himself said he wanted to appear before the trial to prove his innocence.
One of his attorneys said that his client is a very well known face and there is no possibility that he will leave without anyone noticing him.
A number of countries allow citizens to hold two passports of the same nationality, for reasons including travel to countries in conflict with each other.
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