Monday, March 20, 2023

Lebanon interrogates auto tycoon Ghosn after Interpol notice

BEIRUT ( Associated Press) — Days after Lebanon received a wanted notice from Interpol, a judge on Monday questioned disgraced auto tycoon Carlos Ghosn in Beirut, judicial officials said.

Lebanon received a new red notice from Interpol 10 days ago, when the French prosecutor’s office in the Paris suburb of Nanterre said last month that it had launched an international investigation based on an investigation for the former Nissan and Renault chiefs and four others. Arrest warrant was issued. in money laundering and misappropriation of company assets in 2019.

Judicial officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Ghosn was questioned on money laundering and profiting from deals with Nissan and Renault and was allowed to leave after questioning.

The Lebanese judge, Imad Kabalan, a public prosecutor at the Court of Cassation, asked the French authorities to hand over the details of the case filed against Ghosn and “if it is proved that he committed the offenses of money laundering and misappropriation of company assets.” The judge said that he would be prosecuted in Lebanon since he holds Lebanese citizenship.

Red notice is not an arrest warrant and Lebanon is not required to arrest Ghosn.

This was the second red notice that Lebanon received in this case; The first was released in January 2020, days after Ghosn fled Japan to Lebanon.

Prosecutors are probing millions of dollars in alleged suspicious payments made between the Renault-Nissan alliance and Oman-based auto distributor Suhail Bhavan Automobiles.

Ghosn mentioned last month that he was barred from leaving Lebanon anyway after a French arrest warrant was issued.

Lebanon does not extradite its citizens. Ghosn holds the citizenship of Lebanon, France and Brazil.

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