MarketDeal24.Com – Fugitive former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn met Lebanese president after fleeing from Japan, where he was smuggled out of house detention by a private security firm, two sources acquainted with the situation said on Wednesday.
One of the sources revealed that Ghosn was warmly greeted the Lebanese head of state Michel Aoun on Monday after landing into Beirut via Istanbul and was now in a buoyant and combative mood and felt secure.
The plan to smuggle Ghosn out of Japan, which marked the latest twist in a year-old saga that has shaken the global auto sector, was planned over three months, the two sources mentioned.
“It was a very professional operation from start to finish,” one of them said.
In his meeting at the Lebanese presidency, Ghosn thanked Aoun for the backing he had provided him and his wife Carole while he was in arrest, the sources said. He now needs the protection and security of his government after fleeing Japan, the sources added.
The meeting between Aoun and Ghosn has not been made public and a media adviser to the presidency denied the two men had met. The two sources said specifics of the meeting were described to them by Ghosn.
Ghosn could not be reached for remarks on the meeting and has been silent publicly other than to issue a written statement shortly after his arrival saying he had “escaped injustice and political persecution.”
Lebanese authorities have announced that there would be no need to take legal action against Ghosn because he entered the country legally on a French passport, although Ghosn’s French, Lebanese and Brazilian passports are with lawyers in Japan.
The French and Lebanese foreign offices have said they were unaware of the circumstances of his journey.