An investigation is underway as checks are tightened at Japan's borders following the flight of former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn from Japan to Lebanon, Japanese Justice Minister Masako Mori said during a press conference in Tokyo on Tuesday.
«The relevant authorities are still investigating,» said Mori. «There is no record of the departure of the defendant Carlos Ghosn from Japan, following a... Еще legitimate procedure, so we believe that he has departed illegally using any illegal means,» she added.
Mori detailed the measures being taken to tighten security at Japan's borders in the wake of Ghosn's escape. She said security and X-ray inspection of all large luggage at business aviation terminals and facilities is now being conducted by airport operators.
Sixty-five-year-old Ghosn fled Japan rather than face trial over allegations of financial misconduct. He reportedly exited the country on a private jet that landed in Turkey and later flew on another jet to Lebanon, entering the country legally on a French passport.
Ghosn was initially arrested by Japanese authorities in November 2018 and spent 108 days in custody, before being released on a €8m ($9m) bail in April.
The bail conditions restricted Ghosn from travelling abroad and his Brazilian, Lebanese and French passports were held by his legal team in Japan.
Istanbul-based MNG Jet, whose aircraft were utilised to fly Ghosn from Japan to Lebanon, reportedly stated that an employee had counterfeited records and that Ghosn's name was not present on any documentation linked to the flights.
The company pressed charges in Turkey over illicit use of its charter jet services. The employee reportedly leased two separate private jets, one from Dubai to Osaka and Osaka to Istanbul and another one from Istanbul to Beirut.