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Ghosn on a rainy Tokyo day, thinking it might be time for a getaway. Photo: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP via Getty Images

Interpol on Thursday issued a red notice asking Lebanon to arrest Carlos Ghosn, the former Nissan chairman who fled house arrest in Japan for Beirut.

Driving the news: Investigations into Ghosn’s escape are underway in Japan and Turkey, where the private plane he took from Tokyo stopped. Seven airport staff and pilots were arrested in Istanbul, per the FT.

  • “Ghosn, who was arrested in late 2018, had been awaiting trial in Tokyo on charges of financial misconduct — accusations he has consistently denied and which he claims were trumped-up as part of an attempt to remove him from his position as chairman of Nissan.”
  • “For the past seven months he had been living in a large house — a former embassy building — in central Tokyo under strict bail conditions and what was thought to be the watertight scrutiny of Japanese prosecutors.”
  • “Mr. Ghosn’s escape had been planned with the help of private security operatives since October, according to people familiar with the situation.”

Go deeper: Former Nissan head Carlos Ghosn: I fled Japan to Lebanon to escape injustice

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