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Lebanon: Ghosn issue will not affect relationship with Japan

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Minister of Justice of the Lebanese Caretaker Government, Albert Sarhan, said on Friday that the case of businessman and former director of Nissan Carlos Ghosn “will not affect the existing cooperation in the framework of bilateral relations” with Japan.

This came in statements reported by foreign media, during which he confirmed his follow-up to the Ghosn press conference held on Wednesday in the Press Syndicate in Beirut, and his talk about how to deal with him and pressure him in investigations by the Japanese judiciary.

The Minister of Justice considered that “Ghosn has the right to say what he wants, provided that it does not harm people or countries.”

He pointed out that he discussed with the Japanese ambassador to Lebanon Takeshi Okobo during a meeting brought together in Beirut, the existing bilateral relations between the two countries and the concern for the importance of the Ghosn case for the Japanese people and its judiciary, stressing that “the Lebanese judiciary will carry out its duty independently and transparently.”

As for Ghosn being summoned by the Lebanese Public Prosecution to investigate him, Sarhan said: “This came on the basis of the international arrest warrant, that is, the red notice that came through Interpol, and the Lebanese judiciary was obligated to investigate this matter.”

He continued: “As a result of this investigation, a decision was issued to prevent Ghosn from traveling and to confiscate his French passport.”

As for Ghosn’s wife, Carla, Sarhan explained that she “will be subject to the same procedures and procedures that were followed in his right as soon as he receives the red notice. “.

On Thursday, the Lebanese judiciary issued a decision prohibiting Carlos Ghosn from traveling.

Ghosn was subject to investigation before the Lebanese judiciary against the background of two files, the first of which is the content of the Red Notice issued by Interpol – the Japan office, which arrived in Lebanon four days ago and contains charges of tax evasion and corruption cases.

As for the second file, it is against the background of a complaint from Lebanese lawyers on charges of economic normalization with Israel.

On Wednesday, Ghosn said that he was pressured during his interrogation in Japan, on the background of being accused of “financial irregularities” while he was president of the company.

Ghosn was arrested in Tokyo on November 19, 2018, for “financial irregularities” while he was president of “Nissan”, which had previously saved him from bankruptcy.

Ghosn entered the prison for 130 days, and was subsequently released on bail pending the start of his trial in April 2020, while he was under observation.

On January 2, the Lebanese Minister of Justice announced that the judiciary had received a request from the International Criminal Police “Interpol” to arrest Ghosn after he fled Japan.

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