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The Curious Case Of Carlos Ghosn's Escape From Japan

By ohomen171 follow ohomen171   2019 Dec 31, 5:12am 139 views   3 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    

#carlosghosnjapanescapeThen came the bizarre story of Carlos Ghosn. To my Brasilian readers, he is a Brasilian who made good on a grand scale. If you are curious, here is his life story:
Carlos ended up in Japan as CEO of Nissan. If the Japanese authorities are to be believed, he literally used Nissan bank accounts as his personal ATM. He allegedly lived a grand lifestyle at the expense of Nissan shareholders. He also failed to report his massive income and pay taxes on it in Japan.
Carlos was arrested and stayed in a Japanese jail for a while. He used his public relations apparatus to gain sympathy for him around the world. Bail is not a right in Japan. Finally the Japanese authorities allowed him to post bail of roughly $13,800,000 US. He had to surrender all passports (French, Lebanese and Brasilian). He had to stay in his apartment under electronic monitoring wearing an ankle bracelet. He was guarded 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by agents from the prosecutor's office, Tokyo Metropolitan Police, and an elite private security agency.
If Carlos is to be believed, he outwitted the electronic monitoring. He evaded three law enforcement agencies and made his way to some private airport where he flew out of Japan in a corporate jet that took him to Lebanon after one or two refueling stops. Japanese can be rigid and bureaucratic. On the other hand, their equivalent of the US Federal Aviation Administration is very efficient. Any flight by a corporate jet would have received scrutiny. If he had made it to some jet aircraft and lifted off, Japanese jet fighters would have been scrambled. If this failed, his course would have been plotted. Airports where he stopped for refueling would be asked to detain the plane and him.
Those of you who know me well know that I am quite familiar with matters relating to international escapes. In 1984 I made legal history both in the US and Australia. I accomplished something that had not been accomplished in 140 years.
The first problem with this escape story is that a number of people would be needed to help him including staff at the Lebanese Embassy in Tokyo. In the process of putting together such a daring and well-funded plan, someone would slip-up on social media or with a close person in their life and say something about the plan. If by some miracle this did not happen, the second major problem is the electronic monitoring device. The minute someone tampers with it, an alarm goes off. (Forget all the television shows where crooks outwit electronic monitoring.) Did he bribe Japanese officials to escape? I doubt it.
A more plausible explanation is that the Japanese authorities tired of the case. A financial settlement was made including payment of all back taxes. (Elena believes that large financial penalties are a better solution to white collar crime, as opposed to massive prison sentences given in the US and Britain.) Then, as the saying goes, Japanese authorities "looked the other way" while Ghosn made his getaway.
1   Zindabad   ignore (0)   2019 Dec 31, 7:02am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I'm floored by Ghosn's abilities to pull off this escape. Such a brilliant head - who turned around a Nissan facing bankruptcy in 1999 within 2 years, then turning around failing Renault and then going voluntarily back into Japan to face the Judicial system there and then this daring escape, not to mention acquiring 3 passports and becoming a billionaire - should not be subjected to such humiliation in life and must instead be put to good use as they can do a lot of good to the society. Not saying that such super brilliant persons should be above the law but they should not be humiliated like the Japanese did to Ghosn.
2   zzyzzx   ignore (2)   2019 Dec 31, 8:23am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Is he the reason why their CVT's suck so bad?
3   TEOTWAWKI   ignore (5)   2019 Dec 31, 8:27am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Zindabad says
I'm floored by Ghosn's abilities to pull off this escape. Such a brilliant head - who turned around a Nissan facing bankruptcy in 1999 within 2 years, then turning around failing Renault and then ....

.... letting Nissan to go back to shit. (Renault has always been and remains shit, turnaround or not).

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