Suspects in Ghosn's Japanese escape stand trial in Turkey
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Seven suspects went on trial in Turkey on Friday over their alleged involvement in former Nissan (7201.T) boss Carlos Ghosn’s dramatic escape from Japan to Lebanon via Istanbul at the end of last year.
Ghosn, once a titan of the global auto industry, had been arrested in Japan in late 2018 and charged with underreporting his salary and using company funds for personal purposes, charges he denies.
The ousted chairman of the alliance of Renault (RENA.PA), Nissan Motor Co and Mitsubishi Motors Corp (7211.T) had been awaiting his trial under house arrest in Japan when he made a dramatic escape in December to Beirut, his childhood home.
An executive from Turkish private jet operator MNG Jet and four pilots were detained in early January soon after Ghosn’s escape and charged with migrant smuggling, a sentence carrying a maximum sentence of eight years in jail.
They appeared in white protective overalls, masks and gloves as a measure against the coronavirus, as the court in Istanbul began hearing their defence. Two flight attendants, charged with failing to report a crime - a charge carrying a sentence of up to one year - were also there.
The first defendant to speak was a pilot on the Osaka-Istanbul flight, Noyan Pasin, who denied the charge.
Prosecutors, in their indictment, had said MNG Jet operations manager Okan Kosemen - who is one of the seven on trial - knew before the Osaka flight that Ghosn would be on board and would transfer to Beirut.
Kosemen, who also ...
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