Former Nissan Motor Co. boss Carlos Ghosn on Wednesday justified his daring escape from Japan last week, saying he could not expect a fair and speedy trial under the country's "inhumane" justice system.
As Japan stepped up efforts to get hold of Ghosn, its ambassador to Lebanon, Takeshi Okubo, held talks with President Michel Aoun to request "greater co-operation on this in order to avoid negative repercussions for our friendly relations", according to Aoun's office.
Media reports have said that he left his Tokyo residence alone, skipping out on his $14 million bail despite supposedly rigorous surveillance.
Turkish airline MNG Jet said two of its planes were used illegally in Ghosn´s escape, first flying him from Osaka, Japan, to Istanbul, and then on to Beirut, where he arrived Monday and has not been seen since.
Ghosn portrayed his arrest as a plot linked to a decline in the financial performance of Nissan.
While taking the helm of Nissan, Ghosn doubled as chairman and CEO of the French automaker, which holds a 43.4 percent stake in the Japanese automaker.
"Unfortunately there was no trust". "These allegations are untrue and I should never have been arrested". Because they leaked false information and withheld information that might have helped him, Ghosn said he was presumed guilty without the ability to clear his name.
Lebanese authorities, who have no extradition agreement with Japan, have suggested they plan to interrogate Ghosn but have committed to nothing further. Japanese officials say it is unclear whether the Ghosns can be forced to go to Japan to face charges.
Ghosn also attacked the Japanese judiciary system, saying the Japanese legal system contravened his human rights and that prison kept him in the "depth of deprivation".
"There are many rumors", Ghosn told Richard Quest in an interview Wednesday. The notice previously was only sent to Interpol's member governments but not shared with the public.
Prosecutors said in a statement that she gave false testimony to the court previous year.
She told Le Parisien that she was not aware of plans for his escape and called her husband a "victim of an industrial plot and the war between Renault and Nissan". Lebanon's justice minister said Tuesday that Lebanon has not received any request related to that warrant. Ghosn, who denies any wrongdoing, fled charges of financial misconduct including allegedly under-reporting his compensation to the tune of US$85 million. Renault alerted French authorities after a company investigation found that Ghosn personally benefited from "an exchange worth 50,000 euros in the framework of a philanthropic accord signed with the Chateau of Versailles".
But his legal team in France lashed out at those remarks just hours before Ghosn was due to speak.
Hironaka told public broadcaster NHK TV late Friday that Ghosn had carried one of his French passports in a locked plastic case so that it could be read without unlocking, in case he was stopped by authorities. "I was ripped from my family, my friends, from my communities, and from Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi".
Junichiro Hironaka, a member of Ghosn's defense counsel, denied access to investigators from the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office who meant to seize the computer from Hironaka's office, believing Ghosn may have used it in connection with his dramatic escape from Japan while on bail.
In his first appearance since his daring and improbable escape from Japan, Ghosn told a news conference in Beirut that the decision to flee "was the most hard of my life".
Ex-head of Nissan Carlos Ghosn has been summoned for questioning at a prosecutor's office in Lebanon on Thursday, the state-run National News Agency reported.
Earlier, Lebanese lawyers filed a complaint about Ghosn's travel to Israel more than 10 years ago when he was chief of the company. She was asked about the transfer of money from one company to another that reportedly caused financial losses for Nissan.