Japanese prosecutors have reportedly put out an arrest warrant for the wife of fugitive former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn.
Carole Ghosn is currently in Lebanon, where her husband Carlos Ghosn fled to via Istanbul while awaiting trial on financial misconduct charges in Tokyo.
According to Japanese media, Mrs Ghosn is wanted over alleged perjury.
She had been banned from meeting her husband while he was out on bail because she was seen as someone who might help him escape.
Image: Carlos Ghosn is facing four charges
Japanese officials say anyone caught helping a fugitive escape will face legal consequences, although there is no extradition treaty in place between the country and Lebanon.
The warrant comes days after Mr Ghosn insisted that his family had no involvement in his escape, which was said to have begun with him taking a bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka.
His spokesman has described the arrest warrant for his wife as “pathetic”.
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In a statement released last week, Mr Ghosn said: “There has been speculation in the media that my wife Carole and other members of my family played a role in my departure from Japan.
“All such speculation is inaccurate and false. I alone arranged for my departure. My family had no role whatsoever.”
Image: Journalists wait outside Ghosn’s Tokyo residence
Mr Ghosn, who previously led both Nissan and French car firm Renault, was taken through Istanbul following his departure from Tokyo, apparently by private plane.
His last statement came after seven people were detained in Turkey in connection with the escape – four pilots, two airport ground workers and a cargo worker, all of whom are expected to give statements in court.
Mr Ghosn, who is of Lebanese origin and holds French, Lebanese and Brazilian citizenship, said he fled Japan to escape what he called a “rigged” justice system and he wanted to avoid “political persecution”.
The 65-year-old revealed on New Year’s Eve that he was in Lebanon, with Reuters reporting he was smuggled by a private security firm following a plan three months in the making.
Image: Prosecutors enter Ghosn’s home during a raid in Tokyo
Lebanon has said it received an Interpol arrest warrant for the businessman, but said he entered the country legally and there had been no reason to take him into custody upon his arrival.
Mr Ghosn faces four charges back in Japan, including hiding income and enriching himself through payments to car dealerships in the Middle East.
The charges – which he denies – carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.
Prior to his arrest in November 2018 and subsequent ousting from Japanese firm Nissan, he was seen by many as the most powerful figure in the automotive industry.
After taking the top job at Nissan in 2001, he was credited with saving the car maker from near-bankruptcy.
Source : Sky News