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Turkish court releases 5 in former Nissan CEO refugee procedure



ISTANBUL- Anadolu Agency

Turkish court releases 5 in former Nissan CEO refugee procedure

A Turkish court on July 3 released five people accused of helping ex-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japan to Lebanon via an Istanbul airport.

The court postponed the trial to another date after hearing the suspects’ arguments.

Seven people were arrested in Istanbul on January 2 for allegedly helping Ghosn escape.

Police groups were arrested on suspicion; four pilots, two employees for a private ground service company and a company manager.

The arrest came after the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor̵

7;s Office opened an investigation into Ghosn’s escape to the Lebanese capital of Beirut via Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, after skipping Japan’s bail.

As part of the investigation, two flights were investigated by two private jet flights from the Japanese city of Osaka to Ataturk Airport and then Beirut.

One of the jets, which took off from Osaka, landed at Atatürk Airport at 5.15am local time (0215 GMT) on December 29, while the other jet Bombardier Challenger 300 took off from Atatürk Airport for Beirut at 6am local time (0300GMT) on 30th December.

In November 2019, Ghosn was arrested in Japan on charges of corruption during his term as President of Nissan. Lebanese authorities announced last week that he had arrived “legally” in the country.

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