Fugitive Nissan boss, Carlos Ghosn’s Tokyo home raided

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Japanese prosecutors arrived at the fugitive former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn's Tokyo residence in a raid on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. (Yuki Sato/Kyodo News via AP)
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Journalists continue to wait outside the fugitive former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn's Tokyo residence on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. (Yuki Sato/Kyodo News via AP)
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Japanese prosecutors arrived at the fugitive former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn's Tokyo residence in a raid on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. (Yuki Sato/Kyodo News via AP)
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Updated 02 January 2020

Fugitive Nissan boss, Carlos Ghosn’s Tokyo home raided

  • France junior economy minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher said France would not extradite Ghosn if he arrived there
  • Turkey detains 7 people in connection with Ghosn’s apparent transfer to a private jet at an Istanbul airport

TOKYO: Japanese prosecutors raided the Tokyo home of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn after he skipped bail before a trial on financial misconduct charges and left for Lebanon.

Tokyo prosecutors and police did not immediately comment Thursday. Japanese media reported and showed photos of the raid.

Government offices are closed this week for the New Year’s holidays.

In Turkey, police have detained seven people – four pilots, a cargo company manager and two airport workers – after the interior ministry launched a probe into the transit of ousted Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, who after fleeing Japan stopped in Turkey on his way to Lebanon, broadcaster NTV said on Thursday.

Local Turkish media Hurriyet reported the plane arrived at 5:30 a.m. (02:30 GMT) at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, citing an interior ministry official, who also said Turkish border police were not notified about Ghosn's arrival, and neither his entry nor exit were registered.

Meanwhile in France, junior economy minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher said the state ‘will not extradite’ Ghosn if he arrives in the country.

Arab News Japan sources revealed there was no meeting with the Lebanese president - a detail confirmed on Thursday.

"If Mr Ghosn arrived in France, we will not extradite Mr Ghosn because France never extradites its nationals," Pannier-Runacher told France's BFM news channel.

It is unclear how Ghosn avoided the tight surveillance he was under in Japan and showed up in Lebanon.

Ghosn said Tuesday in a statement that he left for Lebanon because he thought the Japanese judicial system was unjust, and he wanted to avoid “political persecution.”

He said he would talk to reporters next week.

Japan does not have an extradition treaty with Lebanon.

Lebanon has said Ghosn entered the country legally, and there was no reason to take action against him.

His lawyers in Japan said they had no knowledge of the escape and they had all his passports. Ghosn has French, Lebanese and Brazilian citizenship.

Japanese public broadcaster NHK TV, without identifying sources, reported Thursday that Ghosn had two French passports.

Earlier Japanese reports said there were no official records in Japan of Ghosn’s departure, but a private jet had left from a regional airport to Turkey.

Ghosn, who was charged with under-reporting his future compensation and breach of trust, has repeatedly asserted his innocence, saying authorities trumped up charges to prevent a possible fuller merger between Nissan Motor Co. and alliance partner Renault SA.

His 1.5 billion yen ($14 million) bail that Ghosn posted on two separate instances to get out of detention is being revoked.


Turkey may suspend ties with UAE over Israel deal, Erdogan says

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Turkey may suspend ties with UAE over Israel deal, Erdogan says

ISTANBUL: Turkey is considering suspending diplomatic ties with the UAE and withdrawing its ambassador over the Gulf state’s accord to normalize ties with Israel, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.
The Turkish foreign ministry said history would never forgive the UAE’s “hypocritical behavior” in agreeing such a deal, which recasts the order of Middle East politics.
Under the US-brokered deal, the first between Israel and a Gulf Arab country, the Jewish state agreed to suspend its planned annexation of areas of the occupied West Bank. Palestinian leaders have denounced it as a “stab in the back” to their cause.
“The move against Palestine is not a step that can be stomached. Now, Palestine is either closing or withdrawing its embassy. The same thing is valid for us now,” Erdogan said, adding he gave orders to his foreign minister.
“I told him we may also take a step in the direction of suspending diplomatic ties with the Abu Dhabi leadership or pulling back our ambassador,” he told reporters after Friday prayers.
The Foreign Ministry had earlier said Palestinians were right to reject the deal in which the UAE betrayed their cause.
“History and the conscience of the region’s peoples will not forget and never forgive this hypocritical behavior,” it said. “It is extremely worrying that the UAE should, with a unilateral action, try and do away with the (2002) Arab Peace Plan developed by the Arab League.”
Turkey has diplomatic and trade ties with Israel, but relations have been strained for years. In 2010 Israeli commandos killed 10 Turkish activists trying to breach a blockade on the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.
The deal makes UAE the third Arab country to establish full relations with Israel, after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.