Carlos Ghosn: The Great Escape

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A surveillance camera captured former Nissan Motor Co chairman Carlos Ghosn leaving his Tokyo residence alone shortly before his surprise escape from Japan, public broadcaster NHK said on Friday, citing investigative sources.

MNG Jet Havacilik AS said in a statement that it filed a criminal complaint on January 1 about what it said amounted to "the illegal use of its jet charter services".

The worker at private plane operator MNG Jet admitted to falsifying records for two planes that apparently helped Ghosn get from Japan to Beirut this week, the company said Friday.

The news agency noted that, as part of the investigations, the Turkish authorities arrested seven people working in a private cargo airline company, including four pilots, two service employees and the company's operations manager.

"I am now in Lebanon and will no longer be held hostage by a rigged Japanese justice system", Ghosn said in a statement released by his US representative on Monday. Istanbul-based MNG Jet said an employee falsified records and that Ghosn's name did not appear on any documentation related to the flights. The statement did not say who the jets were leased to.

It's unlikely the country will turn Ghosn over to Japanese authorities.

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While recently speaking with the media, Lebanese justice minister Albert Serhan said Lebanon "will carry out its duties" in the case.

"I alone arranged for my departure".

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The Interpol notice is the latest twist in Ghosn's daring escape, which spanned three continents and involved private planes, multiple passports and worldwide intrigue. From there, Ghosn allegedly flew to Turkey and then on to Lebanon, where he is said to have legally entered the country with a French passport. "My family had no role whatsoever".

Ghosn issued a statement on Thursday denying that his wife or other family members had any involvement in the plot, which could place participants in legal peril.

It was unclear how Ghosn, who holds French, Brazilian and Lebanese citizenship, was able to orchestrate his departure from Japan.

Ghosn stands accused in Japan of deferring part of his salary until after his retirement and concealing this from shareholders, as well as syphoning off millions in Nissan cash for his own purposes.

"I don't know how he left" Japan, Ajami said in a phone interview, adding that he had had no direct contact with Ghosn since he left Japan. Ghosn was eager to start clearing his name at the news conference next week, Zimeray said.

Japanese prosecutors on Thursday raided the house occupied by the former vehicle maker executive in Tokyo.

When his defence lawyers were arguing for bail, prosecutors claimed he was a flight risk with powerful connections, but Ghosn himself said he wanted to be tried to prove his innocence.

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