Ghosn Failed To Attend Court Hearing In France

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The former chairman of Renault and Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, failed to appear in court on July 13th in France. In explaining why. Ghosn said it was due to “technical obstacles.”

Ghosn’s passport has reportedly been held by the Attorney General in Lebanon ever since Japan issued a warrant for his arrest.

He revealed that his lawyers have been discussing the terms of this hearing for several weeks and that there is a “technical obstacle.”

“I want to guarantee my safety and freedom of movement,” he was reported saying by local news outlet El Nashra. “To get to France, you need to cross other countries.”

He continued by saying that he didn’t have the reassurance that the flight would go smoothly without incidents.

By incidents, Ghosn probably meant his potential arrest by Interpol that had issued earlier a “red notice” against him.

For now, the ex-auto industry mogul suggested that a judge interrogate him in Beirut. He affirmed his readiness and willingness to answer all questions.

Ghosn was arrested in Japan on counts of financial misconduct, which he denies. He fled custody in Japan because he believed he would never face a fair trial there.

He has since been open and willing to stand trial in Lebanon. Simply because having his reputation tarnished in the public eye, Ghosn is keen on clearing his name.

However, as he mentioned in an interview with Al-Arabiya, Japan has still not handed over his case files to Lebanon.

More on Ghosn, he recently pointed out that Renault and Nissan aren’t performing well since he’s been gone. Both companies are recording major losses in comparison to other automobile companies. Nissan dropped 55% and Renault dropped a whopping 70%.

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