Former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn addresses a large crowd of journalists on his reasons for dodging trial in Japan where he is accused of financial misconduct, at the Lebanese Press Syndicate in Beirut on January 8, 2020. Photograph:( AFP )
Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn is holding his first press conference in Beirut since he shocked authorities with his dramatic exit from Japan.
Former-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn on Wednesday made his first public appearance at a press conference in Beirut since skipping bail in Japan.
"I am not here to talk about how I fled Japan," he said.
Attacking Japan’s justice system Ghosn said that I have been a victim of injustice, political persecution and 'ripped' from friends, family.
Ghosn said that he is 'ready to stay a long time' in Lebanon'.
Talking about the 'plot' to oust him he said that he does not believe that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was involved in anything like that.
"The collusion between Nissan and prosecutors is everywhere," Ghosn said, claiming his arrest in Japan was "staged".
"There was no way I was going to be treated fairly ... this was not about justice. I felt I was a hostage of the country that I have served for 17 years," he said.
Ousted Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn stunned the world with his surprise escape to Lebanon last month.
Ghosn, while awaiting trial, eluded media and authorities to escape to Lebanon when, as per his lawyer Junichiro Hironaka, all three of his passports were in possession of the lawyers.
Ghosn is unlikely to be forced to return to Japan in the absence of an extradition treaty between Lebanon and Japan.
The former auto executive was initially arrested in Tokyo in November 2018. He faces four charges which include hiding income and enriching himself through payments to Middle East dealerships. Ghosn denies all charges.
(With inputs from agencies)