Journalists wait outside the residence of former Nissan president Carlos Ghosn before a raid in Tokyo on Thursday, January 2, 2020.
Itis still unclear how Ghosn, who is a citizen of France, Brazil and Lebanon, was able to escape from Japan. Reuters and the Financial Times reported that a privatesecuritycompany smuggled it from Tokyo, a plot that media organizations say took months to prepare.
The governor of Istanbul said in a statement Thursday that Turkish police arrested seven people in connection with an investigation into the “illegal escape” of Ghosn from Japan. The agency of news Anadolu said Ghosn traveled through the city’s Ataturk airport. Police detained four pilots from a private airline, a company manager and two landemployees at the request of the Istanbul prosecutor, according to a statement from the governor’s office.
The Flightradar24 flight tracker showed that a private plane was flying from Osaka, Japan, to Istanbul and then another that continued to Lebanon at the time it is said that Ghosn arrived in the country.
Prosecutors in Tokyo are now probably reviewing Ghosn’s movements across Japan, collecting surveillance images and looking for potential collaborators, said Nobuo Gohara, a former prosecutor who now runs a legal and compliance office in Japan.
Gohara added that Ghosn’s trial will almost certainly be canceled. The mostimportantquestion, he said, is how the Japanese authorities will respond to Ghosn’s attacks on them, now that he can speak freely about his detention.
Ghosn has repeatedly denied the charges against him, and claimed that his arrest was part of a plot to get him out of the automotive empire he built. In his statement this week, he said that “I would no longer be held hostage to a manipulated Japanese justice system where guilt is presumed, the discrimination It is rampant and basic human rights are denied. ”
“It is a major problem for [el primer ministro de Japón Shinzo] Abe and Japan than for Ghosn, ”said Henry. “No matter what they do now, it is verydifficult to overcome the shame of letting go of one of the highest profile suspects” of a corporate scandal since Japan’s economic boom that came after WorldWar II.
CNN’s Isil Sariyuce in Istanbul contributed to this article.