An Istanbul court began the trial on Friday of seven Turkish citizens accused of helping former Renault-Nissan alliance president Carlos Ghosn in his escape from Japan in late 2019 – Turkish media reported .
According to public news agency Anadolu, four pilots and an executive from the private jet rental company could be sentenced to up to eight years in prison for “organized group migrant trafficking”.
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Two crew members can be sentenced to one year in prison for not reporting a crime.
Ghosn fled Japan in December 2019, a country where he was accused of financial fraud. Since then, he is a refugee in Lebanon, which has no extradition treaty with Japan.
After taking off from Osaka (western Japan), the private jet with Ghosn on board landed first in Istanbul, where the businessman switched planes to go to Beirut. This is the stage of interest of the Turkish authorities.
According to the Turkish Prosecutor’s Office, two suspected Ghosn accomplices – Michael Taylon, a former member of the US Special Forces, and George-Antoine Zayek, a Lebanese citizen – “recruited” the executive of the Turkish company MNG Jet Okan Kösemen, to guarantee the unobstructed traffic through Istanbul.
MNG Jet was a civil party in the lawsuit, claiming that its jets were used in an “illegal” manner and that Ghosn’s presence on board was not declared.
Kösemen is in remand. According to the Turkish indictment, he received several transfers, totaling more than 250,000 euros ($ 290,000), in the months leading up to Ghosn’s escape.
2 of 2 Details about Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japan – Photo: Aparecido Gonçalves / Rafael Miotto / G1
Details about Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japan – Photo: Aparecido Gonçalves / Rafael Miotto / G1
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