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Ghosn chose Lebanon because of supportive government: lawyer

Neither Lebanon nor France will extradite former Nissan chairman, attorney says

A woman believed to be Carole Ghosn, wife of former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, leaves a house in Beirut, Lebanon, by car on Jan. 2.   © Reuters

PARIS -- Former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn chose to fly to Lebanon, escaping house arrest in Japan, because he knew the government there to be supportive, his personal attorney told Nikkei on Thursday.

Francois Zimeray, who serves as Ghosn's representative, said in a telephone interview that his client is eager to prove his innocence. While acknowledging that Ghosn's sudden departure from Japan did break the law, the lawyer countered that the authorities in Tokyo did not have clean hands.

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