- Title: Carlos Ghosn's Beirut neighbor drops him a welcome card
- Date: 31st December 2019
- Summary: BEIRUT, LEBANON (DECEMBER 31, 2019) (REUTERS) HOUSE BELIEVED TO BELONG TO OUSTED NISSAN BOSS, CARLOS GHOSN GATED ENTRANCE OF THE HOUSE DOORBELL OF THE HOUSE VARIOUS OF SECURITY AT THE ENTRANCE TO GARAGE OF HOUSE EXTERIOR OF HOUSE ENGLISH NEIGHBOUR, WHO DID NOT GIVE HIS NAME, SHOWING A CARD HE WROTE FOR GHOSN (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLISH NEIGHBOUR OF GHOSN, WHO DID NOT GIVE HIS NAME, SAYING: "I don't know him, I'm just a neighbour. No, I do not know him." Reporter asking off camera (English): "Why did you bring him a welcome home card?" "Because I thought it's a good thing that at last he's out of being locked up for something which he may or may not - probably not - have done. And if he did then the Japanese have just as much to answer for as he does." CARD READING (English): 'CARLOS, WELCOME HOME! HAVE A GREAT DAY! FROM YOUR ENGLISH NEIGHBOUR AT 255' / GARAGE OF THE HOUSE EXTERIOR OF HOUSE ENGLISH NEIGHBOUR DROPPING CARD THROUGH ENTRANCE GATE OF HOUSE CARD ENVELOPE READING (English): 'CARLOS GHOSN' ON THE FLOOR, AS SEEN FROM THE ENTRANCE GATE DOOR AND WINDOWS OF THE HOUSE SECURITY CAMERA OUTSIDE THE DOOR BLUE WINDOW OF THE HOUSE SECURITY PERSONNEL OUTSIDE THE BUILDING VARIOUS OF EXTERIORS OF THE HOUSE
- Embargoed: 14th January 2020 09:48
- Keywords: Beirut Ghosn Japan Lebanon Nissan Renault house
- Location: BEIRUT, LEBANON
- City: BEIRUT, LEBANON
- Country: Lebanon
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice
- Reuters ID: LVA001BCB24W7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Ousted Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn confirmed he fled to Lebanon, saying he wouldn't be "held hostage" by a "rigged" system, raising questions about how one of the world's most-recognized executives slipped out of Japan months before his trial.
At a gated villa believed to belong to Ghosn in the Achrafieh neighbourhood of Beirut, video showed private security personnel on guard on Tuesday (December 31).
A man who identified himself only as Ghosn's English neighbour walked by to leave a card, "Carlos, welcome home!" written inside, and said it was a good thing that Ghosn was no longer being detained. It was not immediately clear if Ghosn was inside.
Ghosn's abrupt departure marks the latest dramatic twist in a year-old saga that has shaken the global auto industry, jeopardized the alliance of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and top shareholder Renault SA and cast a harsh light on Japan's judicial system.
(Production: Issam Abdallah, Yara Abi Nader, Eric Knecht)
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