Ousted Nissan-Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn slipped out of Japan unnoticed and arrived in Lebanon Monday, breaking the terms of his bail agreement after being arrested last April.
Ghosn is awaiting trial in April on charges that he underreported his income by $85 million over the last decade, trying to get Nissan to cover tens of millions of personal losses during the financial crisis of 2008, and tranferring millions to an Oman dealership and skimming $5 million for his personal use.
The Lebanese businessman has said he did nothing wrong and that he was set up by Nissan executives that feared a closer partnership with Renault under his leadership.
His lawyers have also pointed out several major errors by the prosecution and tried to get the case thrown out. They also fear that Ghosn will not get a fair trial in Japan.
Legal counsel for Ghosn seemed unaware of his plans to leave Japan and said they would have advised him not to do so, if they had known.
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