Lebanon has received an Interpol arrest warrant for ousted Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, a Lebanese judicial has said.
The request, an Interpol red notice that calls on authorities to arrest a wanted person, was received by Lebanon’s internal security forces and has yet to be referred to the judiciary, the source said.
Ghosn arrived in Beirut from Japan, where he skipped bail and fled to Lebanon before his trial on financial misconduct charges. Authorities have said that he entered the country legally on a French passport.
Ghosn said on Tuesday in a statement that he left for Lebanon because he thought the Japanese judicial system was unjust, and he wanted to avoid “political persecution”.
In past cases, where Lebanon has received red notices for Lebanese citizens resident in the country, the suspects have not been detained but their passports have been confiscated and a bail has been set, a Reuters source said.
Earlier, Turkish police detained seven people, including four pilots, in an investigation into how ousted Ghosn transited through Istanbul en route to Lebanon.
A Turkish police spokeswoman said the other detainees were two airport ground workers and one cargo worker and all seven were expected to give statements before a court on Thursday.