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Ghosn's flight to Lebanon undermines Japanese sovereignty

International confidence and public trust at risk if case goes unresolved

Carlos Ghosn leaves the Tokyo detention house in April 2019 after being released on bail. (Photo by Taro Yokosawa)

After a shocking escape to Lebanon while awaiting trial under house arrest in Japan, former Nissan Motor head Carlos Ghosn released a message blasting Japan's judicial system.

"I have not fled justice -- I have escaped injustice and political persecution," Ghosn said of his departure, which violated bail conditions banning him from overseas travel.

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