The Japanese authorities are prosecuting him in particular for corruption, embezzlement and concealment of income.

Former Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn on April 9, 2019, in Japan.  (REPRESENTATIVES FOR CARLOS GHOSN / AFP)

Carlos Ghosn has left Japan. The old boss of the Renault-Nissan alliance is in Beirut, Lebanon, his entourage told franceinfo on Monday, December 30, confirming information from the Echos. He was, however, placed under judicial control and under house arrest in Tokyo. The Franco-Lebanese-Brazilian leader has been living under house arrest since he was released on bail by Japanese justice on April 25. The country’s authorities are prosecuting him for corruption, embezzlement and concealment of income. His trial was due to take place within a few months. “He is there with his wife. He did not flee from justice but from injustice ”, indicates his entourage.

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The circumstances of this surprise departure from Japan are still unclear. According to Lebanese media, Carlos Ghosn arrived by private jet after a transit through Turkey. According to Financial Times, he was no longer under the supervised residence regime to which he had hitherto been subject, and he was able to find an agreement enabling him to leave Japanese territory or succeed in escaping. Le Wall Street Journal cites for his part a source who says he fled. No comment was made immediately by Carlos Ghosn’s lawyer.

The lawyers of the former boss of the Renault-Nissan groupin October asked the Japanese justice to quash the charges against him, accusing prosecutors and representatives of the Japanese manufacturer of collusion in order to “oust” Carlos Ghosn and prevent him from strengthening the alliance with the manufacturer . Japanese justice systematically rejected all requests to relax the conditions of this release on bail, in particular by maintaining the ban on contacting his wife. The businessman’s lawyers argue that this restriction is against the Japanese Constitution and international law on family separation.