Carlos Ghosn skips bail in Japan, seeks refuge in Lebanon
The disgraced executive claims he fled to escape "political persecution."
Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn has apparently skipped bail in Japan, fleeing to Lebanon to escape alleged "injustice."
The terms of Ghosn's bail prohibited him from traveling out of Japan while he awaited trial for financial crime charges. In a statement released to news agencies, he claims to have "not fled justice" but rather "escaped injustice" and political persecution.
The executive framed the move as a response to a "rigged Japanese justice system where guilt is presumed, discrimination is rampant, and basic human rights are denied."
Ghosn was initially arrested last November for allegedly failing to report the full extent of his financial compensation. Prosecutors stacked on more charges in the following months, stalling his bail eligibility.
Unconfirmed reports have suggested Nissan's internal investigation that uncovered alleged improprieties may have been launched to prevent Ghosn from following through with plans to officially merge the Japanese automaker with French alliance partner Renault.
Ghosn allegedly flew to Lebanon via private jet. His Japanese legal team claims to have been unaware of the plan.