The Wallstreet Journal newspaper published on January 2, an article explaining the involvement of the Ex-Nissan chairman and CEO Carlos Ghon’s family, in particular, his wife, in Ghosn’s illegal departure from Japan to Lebanon.
According to The Wallstreet Journal, “Carlos Ghosn’s escape to Lebanon from Japan followed months of planning by associates aimed at getting the former head of the Renault-Nissan alliance to a country they believed would provide a more friendly legal environment to try the claims of financial wrongdoing against him.”
The Wallstreet Journal also claimed that the Lebanese government has been asking Japan for months to send over Carlos Ghosn so he can be trialed for the corruption charges in his original homeland.
The Wallstreet Journal wrote in an article that Ghosn’s wife, Carole Ghosn, orchestrated the Oscar award-worthy escape plot, which saw the business guru smuggled out of Japan (where he was on house arrest) in an instrument case earlier this week.
According to the newspaper, Carole replied via email saying that being reunited with her husband was “the best gift of her life” after she allegedly helped mastermind his wild escape from Japan.
However, Ghosn broke his silence on Thursday, January 4, to clear the family’s name from any accusation that might be held against them in courts.
“There has been speculation in the media that my wife Carole, and other members of my family played a role in my departure from Japan. All such speculation is inaccurate and false,” he stressed in his statement.
“I alone arranged for my departure. My family had no role whatsoever,” it added. The statement followed Carole’s denial of the story that suggests Ghosn being transported out of his Tokyo apartment in a wooden case meant for a musical instrument.
Carole’s brother, Alain Nahas, also denied allegations that suggested his or any of his family member’s involvement in the escape. In a phone call with Bloomberg, Nahas said, “I found out when you found out.”
Nahas, who also happens to be the owner of an automotive parts wholesale company in New Jersey, added, “I’m happy about it. It exposes Japan as a country similar to totalitarian regimes. If I were him I would have done the same and you would have done the same.”