Be­fore trial in Ja­pan, for­mer Nis­san CEO jumps bail

Orlando Sentinel - - NATION & WORLD -

BEIRUT — For­mer Nis­san Chair­man Car­los Ghosn, who is await­ing trial in Ja­pan on charges of fi­nan­cial mis­con­duct, has ar­rived in Beirut, a close friend said Mon­day. He ap­par­ently jumped bail.

It was not clear how Ghosn, who is of Le­banese ori­gins, left Ja­pan where he was under sur­veil­lance and is ex­pected to face trial in April 2020. Le­banon-based pa­per AlJoumhour­iya said Ghosn ar­rived in Beirut from Turkey on a pri­vate jet.

Ri­cardo Karam, a TV host and friend of Ghosn who in­ter­viewed him sev­eral times, said: “He is home. It’s a big ad­ven­ture.”

Ghosn, 65, has been on bail in Tokyo since April and is ac­cused of hid­ing in­come and fi­nan­cial mis­con­duct, charges he de­nies. He had been under strict bail con­di­tions in Ja­pan after spend­ing more than 120 days in de­ten­tion.

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