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Ex-Nissan boss Ghosn says helping everyone who stood by him

Sat 11th July, 2020 9:24pm
BEIRUT, July 11 (Reuters) - Former Nissan Motor chairman
Carlos Ghosn is helping everyone who stood by him, he said in an
interview broadcast on Saturday, though he declined to comment
on cases of people accused of helping him flee to Lebanon from
Japan.
    Ghosn, the ex-chairman of an automaking alliance of Renault
SA  RENA.PA , Nissan Motor Co  7201.T  and Mitsubishi Motors
Corp  7211.T  was arrested in Japan in late 2018 on charges of
underreporting his salary and using company funds for personal
purpose - charges he denies.    
    In late December, he made a dramatic escape from house
arrest in Japan, where he was awaiting trial, and fled to
Beirut, his childhood home.
    Japan has asked the United States to extradite U.S. Army
Special Forces veteran Michael Taylor and his son Peter Taylor,
who are accused of helping Ghosn flee and were arrested in May. 
  
    Asked in an interview with Al Arabiya TV if he was trying to
help the Taylors and others involved in his escape, Ghosn said:
"You are talking about specific people, and I will not comment
on those people who you are singling out. 
    "What I'm saying is that I am helping everyone who helped
me; I'm helping them with my means, with my thinking, and in any
way I can," he said. "I am not talking about those people you
mentioned specifically," he said, adding that he was talking
about people who helped him "in general".
    Ghosn has refused to discuss details of his escape from
Japan, saying it would put in danger those who helped him.
    A U.S. judge said on Friday that Michael and Peter Taylor
posed too great of a flight risk to be released on bail given
the "spectacular" allegations against them.
    Ghosn told Al Arabiya he made "the entire plan" for his
escape but he had needed information and assistance from people
whom he was not ready to endanger by talking about the matter.
    Earlier this month, an executive from a Turkish private jet
operator, four pilots and two flight attendants appeared in
court on charges of helping to smuggle Ghosn via Istanbul.
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    Ghosn also said Japan had yet to send his case file to
Lebanon as requested by the Lebanese government. "It has been
six months and they haven't sent the file. Why haven't they sent
the file?"

 (Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Daniel Wallis)
 ((thomas.perry@thomsonreuters.com; Reuters Messaging:
thomas.perry.reuters.com@reuters.net))
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