The lawyer for the fugitive ex-Nissan chief, Carlos Ghosn, has appeared before Lebanese prosecutors over a non-binding Interpol-issued request to locate and provisionally arrest his clientJapan. On Wednesday, Ghosn spoke to the media for the first time since his escape in a 150-minutes press conference in which he railed at Japanese justice system, accusing it of violating his basic rights.
Ghosn said he had no trust he would get a fair trial in Japan, disputing all allegations against him as “untrue and baseless.”
Lebanon and Japan do not have an extradition treaty, and the Interpol notice does not require that Lebanese authorities arrest him. The authorities here have said that Ghosn entered the country on a valid passport, casting doubt on the possibility they would hand him over to Japan.
But in Lebanon, Ghosn separately faces possible legal action over a visit to Israel in 2008 after two Lebanese lawyers submitted a report to the Public Prosecutor’s Office saying the trip violated Lebanese law. The two neighboring countries are technically in a state of war.