December 31, 2019 / 6:41 AM / 18 days ago

Ghosn lawyers still in possession of his passports, lawyer says

FILE PHOTO: Former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn and his lawyer Junichiro Hironaka arrive at the Tokyo District Court for the first pretrial procedures in his financial misconduct case, in Tokyo, Japan, May 23, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) - Ousted Nissan Motor Co boss Carlos Ghosn’s three passports were held by his lawyers and he could not have used any of them to escape Japan, one of the lawyers told reporters on Tuesday, adding that his client’s actions were “inexcusable”.

Junichiro Hironaka, speaking to reporters in comments broadcast live by Japan’s NHK, said his lawyers were holding his French, Brazilian and Lebanese passports, as required by the terms of his bail.

Ghosn on Tuesday confirmed he fled to Lebanon, saying he wouldn’t be “held hostage” by a “rigged” justice system and raising questions about how one of the world’s most-recognised executives escaped Japan months before his trial.

Reporting by Billy Mallard and Kevin Buckland; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Tom Hogue

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