Lebanon may lift Ghosn’s travel ban if files not received in 40 days, says Minister



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Lebanon may lift Ghosn’s travel ban if files not received in 40 days, says Minister

A day after the Labanese Government had seized passports of Carlos Ghosn, the automotive industry tycoon turned in to an international fugitive after fleeing Japan last week, Lebanon’s caretaker government’s Justice Minister said in a statement on Friday, the 10th of January 2020, that Lebanon, which had no extradition relationship with Japan, might lift a travel ban on ex-Nissan boss Ghosn if files required for this case were not received from Tokyo’s Justice department within 40 days.

In point of fact, amid competing narratives on whether Ghosn was right to flee Japan to Beirut, his childhood home while awaiting a trial in Japan over charges of beach of trust, underreporting personal earnings and embezzlement of company funds, proofs of which had yet to be found, the Labanese justice department had seized Ghosn’s passport yesterday (January 9th) as beforementioned upon receiving a red-letter notice from Interpole saying it had announced the former Nissan boss an international fugitive after Japan had filed for an extradition.

Nonetheless, although Beirut has no extradition accord with Tokyo, Lebanon’s caretaker Justice Minister, Albert Serhan said in his Friday’s (January 10th) statement that he had a meeting with Japan’s envoy to Lebanon and reassured the significance of international relationship between the countries, adding Ghosn alongside his wife Carole, a US citizen, would also be questioned by the Lebanese prosecutors over the coming days, but Ghosn could receive his passports back if Tokyo did not respond within 40 days.