Ghosn says he helps those who helped him flee to Lebanon

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BEIRUT (AP) – Former Nissan Motor Co. president Carlos Ghosn says he is helping those who helped him flee from Japan to Lebanon last year, but refuses to provide details on the escape, claiming that such information would endanger them.

Ghosn declined to comment on allegations by US prosecutors, who said last week that they had wired more than $ 860,000 to a company linked to one of the companies, in an interview broadcast on Pan-Arab Al-Arabiya television on Saturday evening. men accused of helping. smuggle it out of Japan in December.

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Michael Taylor, a 59-year-old former green beret and private security specialist, and Peter Taylor, 27, are wanted by Japan for helping Ghosn escape the country in December after his bail.

Ghosn was arrested in November 2018 and is expected to be tried in April 2020. He bailed 1.5 billion yen ($ 14 million) in two different cases after being arrested a second time for additional charges, and then released.

In this January 8, 2020 archive photo, former Nissan president Carlos Ghosn speaks at a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon. (Photo AP / Maya Alleruzzo, file)

Pressed to speak of the Taylors, who are under arrest in the United States, and others who helped him flee, Ghosn refused to speak to any one person. He said that after arriving in Lebanon he had vowed not to talk about how he left Japan “because any statement I make will endanger the people who helped me leave Japan”.

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When asked if he was helping those who helped him leave Japan, Ghosn replied “of course”. When asked about the Taylors, Ghosn said, “You are talking about specific people, and I will not comment. However, I help as much as possible all those who supported me, financially and in every way possible. ”

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“I made all the plans to go out, but I needed information and assistance. I am not ready to involve these people right now just by talking about it, ”he said. He was allegedly smuggled into a large box.

Ghosn, who holds Lebanese, Brazilian and French nationality, said that “the only party that supported me was the Lebanese state. They intervened and asked the Japanese state, “Why are you doing this to him? “”

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Ghosn said that upon his arrival in Lebanon, Japan had asked the Lebanese government to hand him over. “Lebanon has approved, if it receives the file. They (Japanese) did not send anything for six months, “he said.

Earlier this month, a Turkish court released four pilots and a prison airline official, pending the outcome of their trial of Ghosn’s smuggling from Japan to Lebanon, via Turkey.

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