A lot has happened in a whole bunch of places in the globe-trotting saga of fugitive ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn since T5 last cast an eye over the affair, so let’s dive straight in.
A U.S. Supreme Court justice on Saturday cleared the way for the extradition to Japan of two Americans accused of helping Ghosn flee Tokyo in 2019. Two weeks earlier, a U.S. district judge had rejected an argument by the lawyers of Michael Taylor and son Peter that the pair would face torture in Japan.
That ruling came despite a U.N. panel’s conclusion in November that Ghosn’s detention for almost 130 days in a Japanese jail was neither necessary nor reasonable and violated his human rights, in a harsh critique of Tokyo prosecutors who led the case against him.
Meanwhile, in the only current legal proceedings in Japan linked to the affair, Nissan whistleblower Hari Nada has been giving some explosive testimony in the trial of Ghosn aide Greg Kelly. According to Nada, planning for the removal of Ghosn began in April 2018, well before the auto exec’s arrest in Japan on charges of financial crimes.
The former Nissan veep has also alleged that Ghosn concealed the scale of his compensation at Nissan because he feared the French government would force him out of Renault if it discovered how much he earned. Bloomberg reported in December that France has launched an investigation into Ghosn’s tax affairs.
In Beirut, on the other hand, the prosecutor general told Kyodo in December that Lebanon is not currently investigating Ghosn’s escape from Japan to the country. Authorities there have not received any formal documents from Japan concerning Ghosn’s extradition, Ghassan Oweidat added.