Despite the fact that Japan has an arrest warrant out for Ghosn, Lebanon had refused to cooperate with Interpol to extradite him to Japan. He had entered the country legally through his French passport and his Lebanese identification card.
Ghosn was arrested in 2018, because of charges of alleged financial misconduct. He has spoken extensively about the details of his detainment and his bail conditions in his press conference.
Ghosn’s escape has been reported to have humiliated the Japanese authorities, who are now up to make some reforms to their justice system, as recently claimed.
After arriving in Lebanon, Ghosn made a statement on December 31st:
“I am now in Lebanon and will no longer be held hostage by a rigged Japanese justice system where guilt is presumed, discrimination is rampant, and basic human rights are denied, in flagrant disregard of Japan’s legal obligations under international law and treaties it is bound to uphold.”