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Turkey detains 7 in probe into ex-Nissan chairman’s flight to Lebanon via İstanbul

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Turkish authorities have detained seven people as part of an investigation into how former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, who skipped bail in Japan, was able to flee to Lebanon via İstanbul, The Associated Press reported, citing Turkish media.

The state-run Anadolu news agency said the seven people are suspected of aiding Ghosn. NTV television said the probe was launched by Turkey’s Interior Ministry.

The private DHA news agency reported that those detained were four pilots, a cargo company manager and two airport workers.

Ghosn fled to Lebanon this week before his trial in Japan on financial misconduct charges. Turkish media reports said he flew to Lebanon on a private jet via İstanbul.

Lebanon has said that Ghosn entered the country legally and that there was no reason to take action against him.

Japan does not have an extradition treaty with Lebanon.

Ghosn, who was charged with under-reporting his future compensation and a breach of trust, has repeatedly asserted his innocence. He says Japanese authorities trumped up the charges to prevent a possible fuller merger between Nissan Motor Co. and alliance partner Renault SA. Before his arrest, Ghosn was chairman of both Nissan and Renault.

His 1.5 billion yen ($14 million) bail that Ghosn posted in two separate instances to get out of detention is being revoked.

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