Turkey: Seven people suspected of helping Carlos Ghosn to escape to Lebanon arrested

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — As part of an investigation into how the former CEO of Renault-Nissan Carlos Ghosn crossed through Istanbul, the Turkish authorities Thursday arrested seven people on suspicion of helping the famous businessman to pass through Turkey to Lebanon after fleeing from Japan where he was awaiting trial.

Turkish media and the Dogan News Agency reported on Thursday that Turkey has opened an investigation to find out the circumstances of the crossing of former CEO of Renault-Nissan Carlos Ghosn from Istanbul to Lebanon.

The Turkish authorities also arrested seven people in the framework of the investigation, especially since the famous businessman was supposed to be tried in Tokyo, but he fled to Lebanon, his home country, in circumstances that are still clouded by uncertainty.

The Turkish channel “NTV” reported that it was the Turkish Interior Minister who ordered the investigation to be opened to determine the conditions that allowed Ghosn to cross an airport in Istanbul.

The escape of Ghosn, accused of financial crimes and under house arrest after 130 days in prison, is a new development in this case, which witnessed the fall of one of the most influential poles in the auto sector.

It is suspected that Ghosn used a private plane from Kansai Airport in western Japan. A similar plane flew on December 29 at around 23:00 local time from Kansai to Istanbul, according to Japanese media.

Ghosn is suspected to have landed at Ataturk Airport, according to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet. Ataturk Airport is now closed and is used not only for commercial flights, but also for private aircraft. The newspaper said that Ghosn left shortly afterwards to Beirut on another private plane.


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