Turkish prosecutors have charged 4 pilots, an airline firm official and two flight attendants for his or her alleged roles in former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japan to Turkey and from there to Beirut, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.
Prosecutors in Istanbul have accomplished an indictment in opposition to the seven, formally charging the 4 pilots and the official of illegally smuggling a migrant. The two flight attendants are accused of failing to report a criminal offense, the company mentioned Thursday.
A trial date might be set after a courtroom in Istanbul’s Bakırköy district formally accepts the indictment. Details of the indictment weren’t instantly accessible.
Ghosn, who was arrested over monetary misconduct allegations in Tokyo in 2018, skipped bail whereas awaiting trial in Japan late final yr. He flew to Istanbul and was then transferred onto one other airplane certain for Beirut, the place he arrived on Dec. 30.
The Turkish airline firm MNG Jet mentioned in January that two of its planes had been used illegally in Ghosn’s escape, first flying him from Osaka, Japan, to Istanbul, after which on to Beirut. The firm mentioned its worker had admitted to falsifying flight data in order that Ghosn’s identify didn’t seem on them.
The firm worker and 4 pilots stay in custody whereas the flight attendants had been launched after questioning. The suspects have been recognized by their initials solely.
Prosecutors in Japan have individually issued arrest warrants for Ghosn and three Americans who they are saying helped and deliberate his escape. Japan has no extradition treaty with Lebanon and the previous Nissan chief is unlikely to be arrested. Lebanon has indicated it is not going to hand over Ghosn.
Ghosn, who led Nissan for almost 20 years, says he’s harmless and that he fled Japan within the perception he couldn’t get a good trial there. His daring and unbelievable escape perplexed and embarrassed Japanese authorities after he skipped bail and managed to flee the nation regardless of supposedly rigorous surveillance.
Nissan has mentioned it was nonetheless pursuing authorized motion in opposition to him regardless of his escape, including that Ghosn engaged in critical misconduct whereas main the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance. Ghosn denies all of the charges.