Japan Might Veto IMF’s Aid To Lebanon If Carlos Ghosn Is Not Extradited

Reuters

As the saga of continues, new reports are emerging that might not receive IMF support unless Ghosn is handed over to the Japanese authorities.

Nissan’s lawyer in Sakher El-Hachem told Arab News, “For to agree, they want the Lebanese authorities to extradite Ghosn, otherwise, they won’t provide with financial assistance.”

is one of the IMF’s major contributors … If vetoes then the IMF won’t give money except after deporting Ghosn,” he explained.

El-Hachem, Nissan’s legal representative in , later denied saying this, which prompted Arab News to share the recording that proved he did in fact make this claim.

If that is the case, is intending to go to great lengths to get to Ghosn who had escaped house arrest in Tokyo and fled to Beirut in an elaborate escape scheme that took place in December 2019.

The former Nissan chairman is wanted by over charges of financial misconduct. Ghosn, 66, claims he is innocent.

Meanwhile, seven people in Turkey and two people in the United States have been charged for helping Ghosn escape from .

Lebanon has been seeking a multibillion-dollar IMF bailout to avoid bankruptcy and save the failing economy and the country. The economic hardships have torn up its helpless citizens, as too many sink into poverty, and protests for a change have taken to the streets since October 17th of last year.

The long-awaited IMF’s aid has been the people’s only hope. Would Japan really put the fate of a whole country at risk in their eagerness to get one man to their justice?

The question does impose itself.


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