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No passport needed: Nissan's former boss Carlos Ghosn flees to Lebanon

Christian Fernsby |
Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn has travelled to Lebanon after fleeing Japan, where he faces a trial over allegations of financial misconduct.

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In a statement, Mr Ghosn said he had not fled justice but "escaped injustice and political persecution".

His lawyer said he was "dumbfounded" by the news and that he had not recently spoken with his client.

It is unclear how the former chief executive officer managed to leave, as he was barred from travelling abroad.

But his lawyer, Junichiro Hironaka, told reporters in Tokyo on Tuesday that Mr Ghosn's legal team was still in possession of his passports.

"I don't even know if we can contact him. I don't know how we will proceed beyond that," he said. Lebanon has no extradition agreement with Japan.

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