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French investigators question fugitive auto titan Carlos Ghosn in Beirut

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French investigating judges questioned the high-flying auto executive-turned-international fugitive Carlos Ghosn for several hours in Beirut on Monday.

Ghosn, who simultaneously led three automakers as part of the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance, has been fighting multiple probes since fleeing Japan in late 2019 in a daring escape that allegedly involved an ex-special forces soldier who helped Ghosn hide in a music equipment box.

Ghosn hopes to clear his name in the multiple legal challenges against him in France, his legal team told reporters Monday.

“It is the very first time that our client can explain himself in front of the judges with his lawyers sitting next to him and after preparing his defense,” Jean Tamalet, one of Ghosn’s lawyers, told reporters, according to Reuters. “It is the very first time of justice for Carlos Ghosn since he was arbitrarily arrested in Japan.”

Ghosn has not been charged in France, but has faced accusations of fraud, corruption, money laundering, misuse of company assets and aggravated breach of trust, the Associated Press reported.

Jean Yves Le Borgne and Jean Tamalet, lawyers for fugitive former car executive Carlos Ghosn, speak to journalists outside the Justice Palace in Beirut.REUTERS

Ghosn was arrested in Japan in November