The French judicial investigators who were set to arrive in Lebanon next week to question Carlos Ghosn have postponed their visit.
The move comes in light of the new, full lockdown that Lebanon enters on Thursday, Ghosn’s defense team told AFP.
“By mutual agreement between the French and Lebanese investigative judges as well as the defense lawyers, it was decided to postpone the arrival of the French judges to a later date,” Jean Tamalet, the spokesperson of the law firm King & Spalding, said on behalf of Ghosn’s team.
The investigators were scheduled for a visit to Lebanon next week to question the former Nissan boss about two judicial inquiries against him in France, the source explained.
Ghosn, who has been residing in Lebanon for the past year after escaping from Japan, first talked about the French team’s upcoming visit during an interview a couple of months ago.
He said that the inquiries concern expenses covered by a Dutch subsidiary of Renault and Nissan Motor Co.
The fugitive businessman took a jab at the Japanese authorities again in a more recent interview, during which he raised the question of why Japan doesn’t follow France’s footsteps and send a team to question him in Lebanon.
It is to note that Lebanon has no extradition treaties with Japan. Lebanon has also requested the files of Ghosn’s case from Japan, but has failed to acquire them thus far.