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Lebanese are 'angry' over Ghosn's Israel dealings, local lawyer says

Instead of hero's welcome, Hassan Bazzi wants ex-Nissan boss put on trial

Lebanese lawyer Hassan Bazzi wants local authorities to investigate Carlos Ghosn over his dealings in Israel. (Photo by Momoko Kidera)

BEIRUT -- A Lebanese lawyer seeking an investigation into Carlos Ghosn's dealings in Israel thinks local public opinion has turned against the former Nissan Motor chairman, countering a widespread perception that Lebanon is a welcoming safe haven.

"The majority of the Lebanese people are angry about him because of his relations with Israel," Hassan Bazzi told Nikkei in an exclusive interview. He and other lawyers have asked a local court to prosecute Ghosn for violating Lebanon's ban on visits to and commercial transactions with its neighbor and sworn enemy.

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