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Nissan's Ghosn crisis

Ghosn said to flee Japan hidden in musical instrument case

Surprise escape to Lebanon without extradition treaty risks stalling Tokyo trial

Former Nissan Motor chief Carlos Ghosn was disguised as a construction worker for his initial release on bail in March in an attempt to avoid attention. (Photo by Shinya Sawai)

TOKYO --When Carlos Ghosn escaped house arrest here and surfaced in Beirut on Sunday, the former Nissan Motor chief left few clues as to how he not only eluded round-the-clock monitoring, but also fled the country with all three of his passports still in his lawyers' hands.

An elaborate operation involving a musical instrument case and a private security company apparently did the trick, Lebanese news channel MTV reports. A French news source identified Ghosn's wife as the mastermind behind the escape.

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