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Carlos Ghosn recounts his escape from Japan

The former CEO of Renault-Nissan opens up for the first time on the details of his spectacular escape.

The Carlos Ghosn saga continues to be talked about. The former CEO of the Renault-Nissan alliance had been arrested by surprise in Japan at the end of 2018, then kept in prison and under house arrest. In a scenario worthy of an action film, he then fled the country in a instrument case of music… Carlos Ghosn spoke for the first time about the details of his escape in an interview with the BBC.

Carlos Ghosn begins by recounting his surprise during his arrest at an airport : “I thought there was a passport problem, but I was taken to a room where the official prosecutor was waiting for me. I understood that there was a problem, I asked to make a phone call, they refused me ”. Ghosn then recounts his life in Tokyo prison detention. He then describes the Japanese system as “a hostage system”.

“The longest wait of my life”

He then decides to escape: “my lawyers told me not to count on a fair trial (…). I then understood that if I wanted one day to be able to return to a normal life, I would have to leave the country ”.

He then decides to mount his escape. Noting that concerts were numerous at the time around his house arrest, he pretended to bring in musicians. He then leaves near theosaka airport (he then had the right to leave his house for short trips). This is where he climbs into the musical instrument box, where he stays between 1h and 1h30, time to embark and spend the take off of the plane. “It was the longest wait of my life,” said Ghosn. “When you decide to get into this box, you don’t think about the past or the future, you stay focused on the present moment and this box.”

The plane then takes off, and Ghosn goes to Lebanon, after a stopover in Turkey. He still resides there today.

Source : BBC via Le Point

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