Former president of Nissan and Renault automakers faces four lawsuits in Japan over financial misconduct
Carlos Ghosn decided to flee Japan after learning that his trial was postponed until April 2021, and also because he was not allowed to speak with his wife, sources close to the former Nissan boss told Reuters on Thursday.
65-year-old Ghosn, who also ran Renault and is one of the world's best-known auto industry figures, faces four denying charges that include hiding income and getting rich through payments to Middle Eastern car dealers.
Here are some of the key dates from the case, from Ghosn's arrest 14 months ago to his audacious escape this week.
DECEMBER 31, 2019
Ghosn said he fled to Lebanon to escape what he called a "manipulated" justice system. It was not clear how he, who has French, Lebanese and Brazilian citizenship, managed to orchestrate his departure from Japan. Released on bail, he was under strict surveillance by the authorities and had returned his passports.
APRIL 25, 2019
Ghosn emerged from a Japanese prison, released on bail for the second time, after agreeing to limit contact with his wife while awaiting a trial on charges of financial misconduct.
APRIL 4, 2019
Japanese prosecutors arrested Ghosn again on suspicion that he tried to get rich at Nissan's expense. It was the fourth time prosecutors arrested the once-celebrated executive.
MARCH 6, 2019
Ghosn, who had been detained for more than 100 days, left a Tokyo prison on $ 9 million bail, passing the reporters with his face veiled. Surrounded by security guards and dressed in a staff uniform and a blue cap, Ghosn appeared with his face hidden by sunglasses and a mask.
JUNE 8, 2019
Ghosn pleaded not guilty to his first public appearance since his arrest in November 2018, telling a Tokyo court he was wrongly accused of financial misconduct. He was taken to the court room in handcuffs and with a rope around his waist, looking thinner than before being arrested, and his dark hair had white roots.
DECEMBER 21, 2018
Japanese prosecutors arrested Ghosn again over allegations that he had Nissan bearing $ 16.6 million in personal investment losses, which ended his chances of being bailed out before Christmas.
DECEMBER 10, 2018
Tokyo prosecutors indicted Ghosn for allegedly reporting lower income. They also arrested him again because of allegations that he undervalued his income for another three years until March 2018.
NOVEMBER 19, 2018
Japanese police arrested Ghosn when he arrived at a Tokyo airport on his private jet, and prosecutors accused him of reporting only about half of his salary over a five-year period through March 2015.
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