Ghosn’s meeting with French investigators postponed: lawyers

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Beyrouth (AFP)

A meeting between runaway ex-auto tycoon Carlos Ghosn and French forensic investigators in Beirut, initially scheduled for next week, will be postponed due to a new lockdown of the virus, the team said on Tuesday. defense of Ghosn to AFP.

“By mutual agreement between the French and Lebanese investigating judges as well as the defense lawyers, it was decided to postpone the arrival of the French judges to a later date”, declared Jean Tamalet of the King & Spalding firm. on behalf of the team. .

Tamalet said a strict 11-day lockdown that will go into effect in Lebanon on Thursday through January 25 prompted the move.

The government on Monday announced the strengthened measures, including a 24-hour curfew, after Lebanon recorded a 70% rise in infections over the past week.

Ghosn, of Lebanese, French and Brazilian nationality, was to meet with French judicial investigators in Beirut from January 18 to 22, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Investigators are working with the French central office to fight corruption and financial and tax crimes, the source said.

They are reviewing two legal inquiries filed against Ghosn in France, the source added, without providing further details.

Ghosn, the former Nissan chief, was arrested in Japan in November 2018 on allegations of financial misconduct and spent 130 days in detention, before relinquishing his bail and being smuggled out of the country in late 2019.

Facing an arrest warrant from Interpol, Ghosn has effectively remained trapped in Lebanon, even as others are on trial for their links to his case.

Japan called on Ghosn to return to stand trial, while Lebanon asked Japan to hand over its case on financial misconduct charges.

Ghosn is currently out of the reach of Japanese courts and leads a relatively calm life, mostly in his Beirut home, although he recently published a book outlining his version of his case.

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