Carlos Ghosn accompanied by his wife Carole, is seen outside his residence in Tokyo in March 2019. Photo: REUTERS file
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Japanese authorities allowed ousted Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn to carry a spare French passport in a locked case while out on bail, public broadcaster NHK said on Thursday,

Media in Japan still interested to find out about his escape, they should do better coverage like why Japanese corporate executives when they done scandals all they need just bow without need to serve their time. Another coverage that can be done is how hostage justice works in detail.

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He’a a French citizen and Japan has nothing to say about if a foreign nation want to issue a passport to one of it’s citizens.

Well done France.

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Ghosn is Brazilian-French-Lebanese so could even arrive in Lebanon without any passport.

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So he really walked through the border with his real passport ... That's comical.

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Carlos The Magician!

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To be fair, Japan is generally considered safe, and I would bet the guys manning the gates often just check that you have one and for the correct stamps.

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He’a a French citizen and Japan has nothing to say about if a foreign nation want to issue a passport to one of it’s citizens

True, but if you're arrested and a condition of your bail is to surrender all your passports, and you agree to it, then you should do so.

However, I don't think Ghosn was dishonest in this regard, as it appears that Japanese authorities were fully aware that he had a second French passport, that he was supposed to keep under lock and key.

In any case, he agreed to remain in Japan but ended breaking that promise.

He broke his word, and thus his own integrity.

No greater punishment can befall a man's conscience than the loss of his integrity, especially since this can only be done willfully.

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Ghosn, one of the world's best-known executives, has become Japan's most famous fugitive after he revealed on Tuesday he had fled to Lebanon to escape what he called a "rigged" justice system.

I agree with Mr. Ghosn's assessment of Japan's legal system.

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So they knew he had a second passport? What else are they not telling?

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NHK said his lawyers applied to have the terms of his bail changed so that he could carry a passport in a locked case.

Can't have been that difficult to drill into the case and retrieve the passport. Or get one of the guys from the private security company to pick the lock, if that's what happened. Something doesn't sit right.

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Why a passport? A gaijin card should be good enough.

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What a scum bag referring to a country's justice after ALL he has done and declared so far

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So they knew he had a second passport? What else are they not telling?

seems like their monitoring had more holes than a sponge, if they cant even do that properly imagine what they're like compiling evidence to prosecute people, you can understand now why they go all out to force confessions in Japan

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Japanese authorities allowed ousted Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn to carry a spare French passport in a locked case while out on bail

I still tend to think that they let him slip out on purpose, preferring him to make a stink abroad to going through a long court process in Japan, where his lawyers would disclose all sorts of dirt about Nissan.

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LOL. He held a second french passport. Japanese prosecutors looking like a fool again.

Ghosn:

Sure Mr. Lawyer. He is ALL keys to my case that has my passport. (keeps one key hidden)

. This man SAVED Nissian. Did prosectors think he was to dumb to save himself? Who is the dumb looking ones now?

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Why the need to carry around a passport in a locked case that he doesn't have the key to? Why would the court grant such a condition? The lawyers held the key but they also held his other passports. Doesn't make sense ... unless something else is going on that the public don't know about. Anyone have any ideas why this might be?

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Japanese authorities planned this escape to avoid a ridiculous trial.

That second passeport known by authorities doesn't surprise me.

Next episode : Japanese authorities knew Ghosn's flight plan.

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I can't get the ''SAVED Nissan'' crap enough. Guys do some research before repeating that. I have done numerous paper works on this topic. They needed a gaijin to do the firing. Firing people you've never met before is something anybody could have done. Nissan has gone through this near bankruptcy point many times in the future. Talk o somw historians and former nissan insiders.

Now let the thump downs flow for this my post.

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However, Ghosn had been issued a spare French passport, NHK said, citing unidentified sources, and carried it in the months before his departure.

> NHK, citing the sources, said he had been "obliged" to carry the passport with him since May, without elaborating on the reason. Foreigners in Japan are required to carry government-issued identification cards or passports at all times.

Why was this not disclosed before? It certainly detracts from what was originally reported that "all his passports" were under lock and key in his lawyer's office.

I still tend to think that they let him slip out on purpose, preferring him to make a stink abroad to going through a long court process in Japan, where his lawyers would disclose all sorts of dirt about Nissan.

Given how messed up Japan's legal system is this isn't even far-fetched to be honest, a perfectly logical solution to the government

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@change. Why did you do "Paperworks" on this topic?

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Agree with WilliB. Allowing him to escape would be much less embarrassing than some of the stuff that could come out in a court case. And a court case has the potential of doing serious damage to system they have in place. That's the last thing they need. I guess we'll see in his press conference.

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Next episode we find that Abe bid farewell to the man at the airport. With a deep bow..and gave him a symbolic arrow.

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Well I’m sure he will be able to reveal on Jan 8 whether the Japanese government let him go or not in his press conference - but that would disprove his need to protect those who helped him escape.

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I read some foreign news that was in Arabic saying that the prosecutors drove Goshn to the Airport haha.

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It's a "tarte à la crème" in the face of the mocked Japan.

Let's expect in the future a more human and respectful of the human rights for the Japanese justice system which has been condamned from all over the world.

This explains why everyone backs Ghosn.

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He was probably on Scout's honour that he would not unlock the case. Many houses in Japan have flimsy locks. Easy to break into. But the breaking is the transgression against the law, however flimsy, and that is what the police will use against you, i.e. Breaking and entering.

But Ghosn has proved he is neither Scout, Knight, gentleman, nor Samurai.

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NHK, citing the sources, said he had been "obliged" to carry the passport with him since May, without elaborating on the reason. Foreigners in Japan are required to carry government-issued identification cards or passports at all times.

LOL This is TOO funny! He was actually obeying the law by carrying his passport around with him!!

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I imagine the poor immigration official who let him pass is getting railroaded right about now.

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I said yesterday he was probably driven in a government car complete with lace head rests to the airport. The last thing the regiem needs is the worlds press here for the Olympics focused on the bizarre nature of a justice system that makes as much sence as Justice in North Korea. Had he broken a lamp at a resturant would have spent just as much time in detention. Think the regiem is happy to wash its hands of an embarrassment of its own making.

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His statement says everything:

“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,”

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99 conviction ration it to be blamed not because of corrupt justice system but of the fact the justice doesn't own guts enough.

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99 conviction ratio is

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The bottom line is they couldn't prove anything without a confession,which they didn't get.It left the case against him weak af,that they had to hold him under house arrest like they did, to try conjure up some misdeeds they couldn't find. Apt karma for an undemocratic "justice system" which relies on "confessions" to get justice.Then Ghosn went gangster and supposedly snuck out of Kansai airport.Mecha hazukashii Abe.Karma.

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Ha ha, told y'all.

They knew what was going on.

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Used to be in charge of the family's passports when we visited the US. One immigration guy saw me fumbling with my kids' two passports and said, "Sir, please do not show me those" in reference to their Japanese passports. I asked why, and he said that, while holding multiple passports is not illegal, they'd just rather not know. So my kids figured that out.

But multiple passports from a same country? How did that come about?

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The last thing the regiem needs is the worlds press here for the Olympics focused on the bizarre nature of a justice system

Seriously put it away already, the Japanese government has already made their reaction clear, the only thing they are wanting to put behind them is letting the court grant bail, for obvious reason, it was the wrong call. Your narrative is entirely fictional now.

The bizarre justice system you speak of delivers relative low rate of crime and low rate of incarceration, and most Japanese and law abiding foreigners working in Japan are proud of it.

If Ghosn had a problem with the justice system, why not protest, he had two decades to do so.

He is a crook, he is a liar, he was given a chance to defend himself, he forfeited it, and he gave other Lebanese a bad name while he was at it.

But, I'm glad you support him, good to see at least someone standing by a crook.

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Who are those bashing Japan's justice system really??? Is he really a honest and innocent man in the 1st place? carrying two French passports he has kept hiding, not believing Japanese lawyers from the beginning!

You are the man of injustice and don't even speak of " JUSTICE"

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Maybe in a future, Interpol will take back that criminal rat to Japan jail, let's see..

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@Drako, I studied Japanese Management in the university

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Maybe in a future, Interpol will take back that criminal rat to Japan jail, let's see..

I hope so, else he is going to make life very difficult for other travelling Lebanese and French citizens.

Already, I can see bail much harder to procure in future, and Ghosn is going to be the reason for any future draconian measures.

IMHO, the government should just convict him in absentia, freeze and seize his assets, double the amount and offer it as a bounty for return of Ghosn (no question asked), and for information on those who helped him.

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If you think about it Japan Inc pretty much got what it wanted in the end.

Ghosn was forced out of Nissan.

There's now no need to have any dirty washing aired in court while the Japanese public and rest of the world look on.

The court case would have been inconvenient to say the least if it was held in the run up to the Olympics.

The authorities get to keep his bail.

Apart from some problems of security and procedure the system can continue as it did before. In a year or two the public will have moved on and this will mostly be forgotten.

His escape helps to remove any doubt of guilt in the majority of the Japanese public's mind. Ghosn is the villain, case closed and the media will manage the rest.
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IMHO, the government should just convict him in absentia, freeze and seize his assets, double the amount and offer it as a bounty for return of Ghosn (no question asked), and for information on those who helped him.

You speak of “justice“ and then suggest that the Japanese government act unilaterally. Uh huh.

No fair trial under your system of justice, eh?

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If they let him go, they’re admitting defeat.

If they didn’t let him go, then they’re incompetent.

I believe it’s the former. Either way Ghosn wins.

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Many people have 2 passports. Nothing strange here.

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@GreenPeas. I agree with your scenario of the situation.A lot of faux pas anger,but for the corrupt old men in suits in business and government,a trial has been thankfully averted for them.

Has anyone heard a mumbling word from Dear Leader?

Ha ha, told y'all.

They knew what was going on.

Lol two times.You must be only reading your own comments.Countless people,including me, said the same thing before.You aren't planting the flag with that proclamation anyway.

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@kentra

Lebanon's criminal code prohibits extradition of its citizens, making it unlikely Mr. Ghosn can be forced to return to Japan if he stays in the country.

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Ghosn is Brazilian-French-Lebanese so could even arrive in Lebanon without any passport.

Interesting when I enter my country, I need a passport. You don't need one?

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@wtfjapanToday 04:59 pm JST

seems like their monitoring had more holes than a sponge, if they cant even do that properly imagine what they're like compiling evidence to prosecute people, you can understand now why they go all out to force confessions in Japan

That's a bit unfair. The terms give him up to 2 continuous days out of the house, and unless the surveillance is to be flagrante or a direct escort, with professional help financed by a nearly no holds barred approach it won't be that hard to shake a covert tail for long enough to slip in a double.

I was somewhat sympathetic to Ghosn, but the day he escaped he proved the need for all the restrictive measures.

@rgcivilian1Today 07:33 pm JST

Oh gee, the Americans who wanted him had 7 years to get him but never did. And what did he do really? He beat up some people who were doing their best to kill Japanese until they were rounded up. Really? That was #23 out of the 40 most wanted war criminals?

And people really like conspiracy theories and hating on Japan a little too much. Frankly, I now know why everyone uses a pseudonym (since some hee are residents).

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You can enter your country without a passport but you will be detained while they check you out and prove your ID.

Some people need to travel with a letter from their embassy because they lost their passport

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Ghosn has proved he is neither Scout, Knight, gentleman, nor Samurai.

but possibly ninja.

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Mr Ghosn comes to Japan and commits serious financial crimes! Who does he think he is ? The Prime Minister?

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Why a passport? A gaijin card should be good enough.

I don't think a Japanese Gaijin card would get you past Turkish or Lebanese immigration.

You need a passport.

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Frankly, I now know why everyone uses a pseudonym (since some hee are residents).

You just figured that out now, eh?

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@William77

He’a a French citizen and Japan has nothing to say about if a foreign nation want to issue a passport to one of it’s citizens.

When it comes to a passport, another country has no jurisdiction over it. Even if a country holds your passport your embassy will always issue you a new one. Because it is your right as a citizen. Only the issuing country has the right to stop reinsurance of a passport.

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From the BBC.

France says it will not extradite him should he travel there.

Vivi la France

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He's gone. Get over it. If you treat suspects like that don't act so surprised.

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Burning Bush

I don't think a Japanese Gaijin card would get you past Turkish or Lebanese immigration.

I should have been a bit clearer but I meant from the court's POV. Why on earth would the court allow him to carry a passport, even in a locked case, when a gaijin card would suffice? One of the main reasons for all the bail conditions is that he was supposed to be a flight risk.

NHK said his lawyers applied to have the terms of his bail changed so that he could carry a passport in a locked case.

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That reminds me...(on list) get a spare passport before travelling. Govts are like stealing them all the time. Always good to carry spare passports in case you need them.

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I smell a new Netflix series...

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Also, the language of the article is confusing. NHK is quoted as saying he was "obliged" to carry a passport which means he didn't have a choice - he had to carry one. However, the first paragraph said he was "allowed" to carry one which is a choice!?

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I don't know how you can have two passports from the same country. I have an Irish one, and if I want, I can get a British one, but I can't have two Irish passports at the same time. That's illegal.

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Ghosn has a spare French passport. Why did not he go to France? How he entered Lebanon without official passport? Maybe he also has a spare Lebanese passport.

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Also, the language of the article is confusing.

You must be new here...

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Had Ghosn pulls the same stunt--breaking bail, denouncing the "unjust" system of putting white crime defendant under house arrest instead of in jail with murderers, rapists, pervs,etc.--in the US or Europe, would the reactions been the same?! The same Ghosn proponents are the same people who whined about the Wall Street fat cats who enriched themselves with billion$ and get away with it after causing the Great Recession and global financial crisis ten years ago. I agree that Japanese legal system gives a preponderance of leeway to prosecution but each country has its own judicial preference. The majority of Japanese supports the tough law and order approach so that a woman can walk around after midnight no problem, the national homicide rate is less than that of a medium size city in the West, annual gun violence less than the number of fingers on my hand, trash free streets, etc. Come and experience the country before making prejudicial generalizations. Regardless, when you're a guest in any country, you must abide and respect that country customs and law, period!

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kwattJan. 2  10:51 pm JST

Ghosn has a spare French passport. Why did not he go to France?

One reason, I guess, is that he's hugely popular in Lebanon. Also, he perhaps has more friends and relatives there.

How he entered Lebanon without official passport?

He did have an official passport -- a French one. People enter countries with other countries' passports all the time. Nothing remarkable about it.

Maybe he also has a spare Lebanese passport.

Maybe, but probably not. And if he did, he didn't use it to enter Lebanon; he used his spare French one.

As a citizen of Lebanon, I'm sure he can now easily obtain a replacement passport from that country.

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I think Japan let him escape. A trial would have been disaster for Nissan and the Japanese police force.

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As a citizen of Lebanon, I'm sure he can now easily obtain a replacement passport from that country.

Doesn't look like he'll be needing one now ...

Japan has requested an international warrant against Carlos Ghosn via the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) on Thursday, according to Nikkei sources.

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But multiple passports from a same country? How did that come about?

Laguna, one can get more than one passport if they do a lot of overseas business or are in entertainment, ie tour a lot, this is so one can obtain the needed visa's to get things done. Also some countries don't like seeing stamps in passports from certain countries, think Israel & Saudi Arabia as an example

> I don't know how you can have two passports from the same country. I have an Irish one, and if I want, I can get a British one, but I can't have two Irish passports at the same time. That's illegal

London Bhoy, see above it is NOT, see my blurb above, many valid reasons where one may need two valid passports from the same country

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FRENCH PASSEPORT (probably fake)

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It will take time to be sure.

We have a problem in France because of an international army group who help creating islamic state. They manage to create loopole to obtain real fake identity paper (Benalla case).

Normally, Ghosn didn't need this second passeport. So he lied to french tribunal to obtain it. This is a fake real passeport. In the end, international law will considere, he forged a fake passeport for guilty reason only.

An international ban to help Ghosn was issued today by Interpol. It is advice to respect the courtoisie asked by interpol.

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NadAge

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I really want to see a documentary of this story. This is the high level conspiracy spy stuff and it is real, not fiction in a movie.

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juminRhee, CrashTestDummy

I smell a new Netflix series...

Jake Adelstein put out an article yesterday talking about this.

Roughly a week before Ghosn made it to Beirut, he was cheerfully discussing a possible movie version of his life with a mega-Hollywood producer in his Tokyo home.

A friend of Ghosn says “He was keen on the idea of a documentary or film exposing his unjust treatment by the Japanese criminal-justice system. I asked him, ‘What do you think will be the conclusion?’

“He made a tiny smile and said, ‘Oh, it will be a surprise ending.’”

https://www.thedailybeast.com/nissan-ceo-carlos-ghosns-great-escape-writes-a-hollywood-ending-to-japanese-imprisonment?ref=author

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A STOLEN PASSEPORT FROM JAPAN JUDGE PROPERTY

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Liban is poor on law understanding system. The french passeport in the suitcase was not Ghosn property but Japan property.

His lawyer were acting as the hand of the judge when Ghosn needed to give proof of identity for anything or everything in Japan. It was a circulation paper and no more a passeport.

Foreigner have big identity proof obligation in Japan. So he needed proof and he needed the proof with him at all times otherwise he end up in jail and from jail he lost is temporary freedom (or at least passed two day in jail like the first time).

This passeport couldn't be used by normal airport airwairs and was probably erased from common fly. Private jet is less secured.

The suitcase had to be opened by his lawyer who served as judge hand or procuror hand. Ghosn could use a car loan but not leave japan with it or to do a crime with it. This is the kind of law problem around the passeport.

So he did use a fake passeport to travel. But this use to be a real passeport. And may be this real passeport is fake - stolen to a french judge with fake declaration - because Ghosn has no need for it in Japan but for guilty reason.

Ghosn has "courtoisie" privilege. He say something, we trust him like a lord in France. It is easy to lie, but we don't because this is fraude. The privilege was given on the suitcase use. So now, he lost all his privileges.

He is an international wanted and hunted man.

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NadAge

*Note : **We are still not sure, Mister Ghosn wasn't kidnapped. There is a Ghosn twin in Liban well known for his terrorist links activity. Ghosn is a terrorism high value target for his nuclear head possible knowledge since 10 years at least.*

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I think the report of "Spare French Passport" was misunderstood because there's no such as Country in the world has issued two valid passports to the same person. I don’t think France Government will issue such as spare Passport to Carlos Ghosn.

Also, I don’t think the Japanese prosecutor will let Carlos Ghosn to have a valid French Passport. In fact, it was "expired invalid Passport" rather than "spare French Passport". His three Passports were handed over to his lawyers but one of Passport was not expired but invalid and already canceled by Immigration Ministry. That passport was possibly Lebanese Passport.

Carlos Ghosn may have declared lost for his Lebanese Passport when he was in Lebanon and received a replacement Lebanese Passport for some time ago. He did not use his Lebanese Passport when he travels around the world for his business trip and he usually used French Passport. He will only use his Lebanese Passport when he enters to Lebanon. He handed over invalid Lebanese Passport but not expired to his lawyer.

Carlos Ghosn is super intelligent, super smart and super clever person. He has prepared for everything possibility in future.

I strongly believed he was not hidden inside the double base case when he leaves Japan. Perhaps, he changed his appearance to one of his rescue team members with the help of professional makeup artist. He used that person's passport when he leaves the Narita Airport or Haneda Airport.

I bet Carlos Ghosn did not use French Passport and hide in the double bass case. Carlos Ghosn used his own Lebanese Passport when he entered Lebanon. He used someone else Passport and changed his appearances to the person of Passport. There’s no problem at the Airport and everything was fixed by his Lebanese wife.

Carlos Ghosn was Lebanese citizen and he does not need entry visa and just need to show valid Passport. Anyone can escape like Carlos Ghosn from Japanese Law enforcement and does not need to hire a special Mercenary team for escape from Japan. You will needs very professional Hollywood quality Makeup artist and someone passport with valid visa that person recently entered Japan by private Jet which will use to fly out of Japan. Most of all, you must have money and someone who can organize for you.

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THE WIFE

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France have sometime offered several passeports to reassure spouse when their husband went to travel with their mistress in a foreign country.

So I am careful with Miss Ghosn long term reaction on the second passport. The idea of a twin travelling under his name to give him a fake alibi is never the first idea in the spouse head.

Until this week, the unknown twin was in Lebanese state. So the second lebanese passport theory from Chop chop is credible.

But, this would be a fake passport too and stolen identity paper.

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NadAge

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Regardless of whether Ghosn is guilty or innocent of the charges against him, anybody in his shoes would do the same thing he did given the chance. Every human being regardless of the person's status in society must be accorded his basic human rights. The Japanese authorities treated this guy unjustly. They wanted to break him down and force a confession from him. When they realised they couldn't do that, they really threw the kitchen sink at him. There are rumours they were going to re- arrest him again and again after the holidays based on on some info from Switzerland, Dubai and some offshore accounts in the Caribbean. His trial would not have started in April as we are made to believe. You know how the prosecutors work in Japan. They would break down the info and the charges and first make an arrest based on the transfers to his Swiss account. When that runs out, they will issue another arrest warrant for the Dubai accounts, and after that another warrant issued for his offshore accounts. You are looking at him back in the cooler for the greater part of 2020. Why wouldn't he run away if he had the opportunity? Ghosn's case has put the spotlight on Japan's medieval justice system and why Japanese executives are treated differently from foreigners. It's a shame!

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I don't think a Japanese Gaijin card would get you past Turkish or Lebanese immigration.

You need a passport.

My other message censored ? No, French citizens need no passport nor visa for Turkey, just our national ID. And you enter your own countries with national ID or driving license. Ghosn had kept his French and Lebanese IDs. The passport was needed "in theory" to leave Japan.

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Let me ponder this for a moment. If I was awaiting trial in a country where the conviction rate is 99.9% and had an opportunity to flee, what would I do?

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@B. JayToday 01:20 am JST

here are rumours they were going to re- arrest him again and again after the holidays based on on some info from Switzerland, Dubai and some offshore accounts in the Caribbean.

Well, if that's so, that's clearly new information and a solid basis to put him behind again.

They would break down the info and the charges and first make an arrest based on the transfers to his Swiss account. When that runs out, they will issue another arrest warrant for the Dubai accounts, and after that another warrant issued for his offshore accounts.

Nothing wrong with that, because your description clearly shows them to be separate acts and crimes. If they choose to they can certainly throw him the slammer to the statutory maximums allowed by law.

And now that we know for certain Ghosn is a sleaze, we'll have to at least acknowledge the possibility the prosecutors saw something all along we didn't. After all, they talked to him for weeks on end. We see him on Youtube, maybe. It's possible to discern something about one's character based on such talks.

I will also point out that one reason these tactics are used is because in Japan prosecutors get only 23 days per crime from the day of arrest to the day they must release him. In Germany, for example, they get to detain people for 180 days per alleged crime, so one allegation can easily cover the time Ghosn was in jail.

The prosecutors in every country use all the statutory powers in their criminal procedure to secure the prosecution. Japanese ones are no exception.

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Why did not he go to France?

He is not fleeing Japan, he is fleeing justice. He'd be arrested in France.

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I agree. With 99.9% conviction rate and the chance to bail. Yup, I’m bailing, I won’t be looking back either.

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I do not blame him! It was run or go to prison and then add the JP making his life a living hell.

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From the BBC.

Tokyo has issue an Interpol request to Lebenon.,

Interesting, that is the procedure Japan should have followed 14 months ago.

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So this is where it gets interesting.

Interpol has now issued a "Red Notice" to Lebanon and the Lebanese Justice Minister has stated that they will implement it.

However

France has just stated that they will not extradite Ghosn if he arrived in the country,

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50972149

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Interpol Red Alert notwithstanding, Lebanon does not extradite it's citizens. The interpol red alert will amount to nothing so long as Carlos Ghosn remains in Lebanon.

And France has just said they will not extradite him should he arrive in the country.

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Interpol has now issued a "Red Notice" to Lebanon and the Lebanese Justice Minister has stated that they will implement it.

The "Red Notice" has been received by Lebanon's Internal Security Forces but had not yet reached the judiciary.

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France has just stated that they will not extradite Ghosn if he arrived in the country,

France never extradites its citizens. Not a scoop. It's not a warranty of impunity, particularly these days as foreign cases get judged in the country. The Nissan-Renault case is shared with Japan and Netherlands (among others). Ghosn faces arrestation if he enters France. Not necessarily at arrival. He can't know when the prosecutors will decide. So I doubt he comes soon.

The interpol red alert will amount to nothing so long as Carlos Ghosn remains in Lebanon.

Yes, it's symbolic.. but things change there too. They may get the Lebanese police to question him and they may accept requests to seize assets he has there (I was thinking the pink house as the audit of Nissan-Renault linked 16 millions of spendings to it).

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@Nadege

Liban is poor on law understanding system. The french passeport in the suitcase was not Ghosn property but Japan property.

What you say is incorrect. The passport is Ghosn's property. Not the Japanese government. In the eyes of the issuing country's laws, you can't transfer ownership of your passport. If you are a citizen you have a legal right to your passport and another country may not take it away.

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All passports are the property of the government which issues them.

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Ghosn planned the escape and did it very well. This is still a crime. He said he did it alone without other help but nobody believes it. Of course his wife and his professional guys knew it well and did it for him and he would pay millions of dollars for them. The immigration center says there is no record of departure for official name of Carlos Ghosn. it means no doubt Ghosn used fake passport to escape. It looks like rich man can do this but poor man can't do as a result.

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Would they then ignore the corruption of Abe, Aso and Mori ?

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Based on the majority of Japanese bashing sentiments displayed by anonymous "ghost" supporters of Ghosn, one would surmise that the auto exec was justifiably fearful of Japanese biased, corrupted law enforcement and at the same time leary of French less than democratic justice system but instead prefer Lebanon's superior juris prudence based on Hezbollah's sharia, where life, liberty, peace and prosperity are long cherished than some the less developed backwaters like Japan or France. Just ask any Libannese especially Beirut residents how great their economy is, propped by honest Hezbollah's politicians who are former proteges of the benevolent Syrian leader Assad himself, how the laissez-faire Libanon's a civil code depends on how much Dollars, Euros or riyals/rials (Sunni or Shia seasons of the year) you have. From this perspective, I agree with the anonymous ghost writers herein JT that Ghosn made the right decision fleeing as he will fit right in with the local Libannese politicians and businessmen.

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France said France 'will not extradite' Ghosn if he arrives in the country. However, the French authority will be charged Ghosn with similar crime stealing money from the Renault Company and the Nissan Renault Alliance Company if he has returned to France. There will be consequences if the French Government did not take action against Carlos Ghosn and cooperate with Japanese authority. I don't think Carlos Ghosn will go back to France. The Lebanon is a best resting place for the fugitive Ghosn.

Carlos Ghosn knows he has done wrong things and guilty for stealing money from the Nissan Renault Alliance. So Carlos Ghosn was running from justice.

I believe Carlos Ghosn did not use his faked French Passport, but perhaps, he used another person's Passport and disguised as that person with the help of professional Hollywood quality Makeup artist. He walked through the Japanese Airport Immigration with another person's Passport.

Carlos Ghosn did not hide in the Musical instrument case. The Japanese custom will be found him if he actually hid inside the largest musical instrument case or box. He won't be risking by hiding inside the large Musical instrument box.

Carlos Ghosn entered Lebanon with his own valid Lebanese Passport or Lebanese travel document that was organized by his wife. The Lebanese authority said Carlos Ghosn entered Lebanon with valid French Passport. It was rubbish. Lebanon was one of the most corrupted countries in the middle east.

Carlos Ghosn and his wife won't be told the truth about how he escaped from Japan.

The US citizen can have two valid Passport at a time under circumstance and if you do qualify for a second Passport.

I do not know whether a French citizen can have two valid Passport at a time or not. Some French citizens in here can answer it.

Why Japanese authority has allowed Carlos Ghosn to keep valid French Passport with him?

If it was true and then it was the most stupid thing done by the Japanese authority, regardless of in the locked case or unlock case. His lawyer said he has all three passports. Carlos Ghosn cannot use his French passport in the Japan and impossible to pass custom hidden inside large Musical instrument box unless Japanese Airport custom took the bribed.

The easiest and the best way to get out of the Japan was using another person's passport and disguised as that person with the help of professional Hollywood quality Makeup Artist. Carlos Ghosn walked through the Japanese airport immigration in style and boarded on the private Jet and say "bye bye" to the Japanese authority from the air on the private Jet.

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