Ghosn had two French passports and was able to use one to enter Lebanon



Former Nissan Motor president Carlos Ghosn, who fled from Justice of Japan, had two French passports and one of them could use it to legally enter Lebanon, Japan's public television network NHK reported today.

Ghosn, 65, who was released on bail in Tokyo since April 25 and awaiting trial for the financial irregularities of which he is accused, appeared Tuesday in Beirut after clandestinely leaving Japan.

The former president of Nissan has three nationalities (Brazilian, French and Lebanese), but, according to knowledgeable sources consulted by the NHK chain, he had two French passports.

The conditions set for his release on bail required Ghosn to hand over his passports to his lawyers, and the head of his legal team, Junichiro Hinoraka, confirmed on Tuesday that he had three passports in his possession.

Initially, all passports were held by lawyers, but last May their legal defense asked to change some of the conditions of bail and the judge allowed Ghosn to keep one of the two French passports.

That document was in a safe deposit box held by Ghosn and, according to sources cited by NHK, the key was held by lawyers. In his statements to reporters, on Tuesday, Hinoraka did not mention this fact.

The Lebanese authorities have ensured that Ghosn entered that country using a Lebanese identity document in his name, as well as a French passport. He arrived in Beirut on a private plane and on a stopover trip in Turkey.

Although on Tuesday Ghosn confirmed that he had left Japan to escape the "injustice" of Japan, he avoided giving clues about how he could get to Beirut, and, according to official Japanese sources, there are no migration records on his departure from the country .

Hours after Ghosn himself confirmed that he was in Beirut, the judge who authorized his bail revoked her, which caused him to lose the sum deposited, about 1.5 billion yen (12 million euros / 13.8 million of dollars).

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