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Lebanon may not hand over Ghosn to Japan

AFP/Beirut
Filed on December 31, 2019 | Last updated on December 31, 2019 at 10.45 pm
Lebanon, hand over, Ghosn, Japan, Nissan boss, Carlos Ghosn,
Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn.- AP file photo

Ghosn, 65, suddenly returned to Lebanon on Monday after apparently slipping out of Japan where he had been on bail awaiting trial.

Lebanon and Japan do not have an extradition agreement that Tokyo could use to call back former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn over financial misconduct charges, a Lebanese judicial source said on Tuesday.

Ghosn, 65, suddenly returned to Lebanon on Monday after apparently slipping out of Japan where he had been on bail awaiting trial.

"There is no extradition agreement between Lebanon and Japan," the source said.

And a source at the foreign ministry said Lebanon had "not received any communication or demand from Japan until now concerning Ghosn".

Law professor and former justice minister Ibrahim Najjar said Lebanese law does not allow for Lebanese citizens to be handed over to foreign countries. Even if Japan did ask for Ghosn to be sent back, Lebanon could not hand him over, he said.

And if Interpol put out an international warrant for his arrest, it would not affect the former auto tycoon as long as he remained in the country where he spent much of his childhood.



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