In the final days of 2019, the former Nissan Renault chairman, Mr. Ghosn, fled to Lebanon from under the Japanese government's judicial system on bail, a process comparable to the 007 movie.
A week after the incident, japan's legal minister, mr. senya, first responded on january 5 that mr. gohn's illegal departure on bail was \"unjustifiable\" and would \"take all necessary measures\" to comply with japan's criminal procedures.
Although Japan does not have an extradition treaty with the Lebanese government, a request for extradition can be made \"in principle on the basis of reciprocity and the other's domestic law \". As for how to achieve it, she did not unfold.
Mr senya also responded to mr gohn's statement criticizing japan's prosecutors for \"manipulating the judiciary \":\" the different views on the justice system are not the same as the illegal departure, which amounts to a crime.\"
On january 5th japan's justice minister, mr. suya son, gave a press conference on mr. gorn's illegal departure from japan on december 29th, the japanese broadcaster nhk reported. It was the first time in a week that the Japanese government had responded to the incident.
As the case is still under investigation, mr. sena did not disclose the details of mr. gorn's escape, but said it had been found to have left the country illegally by improper means, a \"very regrettable\" and a \"very regrettable\" commitment to conduct a thorough investigation to reveal the truth.
She said she had revoked Ghosn's bail. The Ministry of Justice will continue to cooperate with the relevant authorities, States and international organizations \"to do everything possible to take the necessary measures to enable the effective implementation of our criminal procedures.\"
Since there is no record of the departure of Mr. Ghosn from the Office of Resident Management, Mr. Senako has instructed him to cooperate with the departments concerned and will further strictly enforce the departure procedures to avoid similar developments in the future.
Prior to the Lebanese media, Gon was hiding in the cello box and running away from the international airport in the Grand Canal. According to a source on NHK5, the airport security officers were not able to put on the security check because of the heavy luggage and therefore did not check the luggage.
On Friday, U.S. news website Bloomberg reported that a Turkish private aircraft operator, MNGJet, said a private plane from Japan to Lebanon was flying illegally and that its forged passenger records did not mention Ghosn on board.
However, there is no extradition treaty between Japan and Lebanon. Reuters reported that senior Lebanese security officials had spoken out and would not accept a request for extradition from Japan.
Mr. Mori said the Japanese government could \"in principle\" request the extradition of Mr. Ghosn to Lebanon, but would need to carefully examine \"ensuring reciprocity and respecting the domestic laws of the other country.\"
If generally understood, the principle of reciprocity would involve the Government of Japan in exchange for fugitives wanted by the Government of Lebanon. But she did not disclose that information.
Ghosn was arrested in japan last november, and tokyo's special prosecutor's office has charged him with four counts of concealing pay and misappropriating company assets. Mr Ghosn refused to plead guilty, calling it a \"stab in the back\" at the top of Nissan. After his arrest, he was stripped of his position as president of the company.
On december 31st mr goin arrived in lebanon and issued a statement saying he was \"unjustly and politically persecuted\" and would not be taken hostage by japan's \"presumed guilty, ignoring human rights\" justice system.
In response, Mr Mori defended:\" The country's judicial system has proper procedures for investigating the truth of the case and works properly while guaranteeing fundamental human rights.\" \"Different perceptions of the justice system are not the same as illegal departures,\" she said. Illegal departure without due process is tantamount to smuggling.\"