- Title: Ghosn's Istanbul transit carried out at airport cargo department - Ministry
- Date: 3rd January 2020
- Summary: ISTANBUL, TURKEY (JANUARY 3, 2020) (REUTERS) EXTERIORS OF CARGO DEPARTMENT OF ATATURK AIRPORT PLANES PARKED OUTSIDE HANGAR VARIOUS OF PLANES PARKED ON TARMAC MEN BOARDING PLANE VARIOUS OF PLANES ON TARMAC ANKARA, TURKEY (JANUARY 3, 2020) (REUTERS) INTERIOR MINISTRY SPOKESMAN ISMAIL CATAKLI ARRIVING FOR WEEKLY BRIEFING PHOTOGRAPHER WORKING (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) INTERIOR MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, ISMAIL CATAKLI, SAYING: "It is understood that there is an entry to Lebanon after a transit through Turkey from Japan. The following is very important. It is understood that there was a transfer in the cargo department at the airport in Istanbul, The transfer was done at the cargo department. Our governor has issued a statement on the matter. The legal process is under way and detentions were carried out."
- Embargoed: 17th January 2020 12:39
- Keywords: Carlos Ghosn MNG jet airlines Nissan
- Location: ISTANBUL, ANKARA, TURKEY, UNKNOWN LOCATION
- City: ISTANBUL, ANKARA, TURKEY, UNKNOWN LOCATION
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA001BUMBO07
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Fugitive former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn transited through Istanbul in a cargo department, a spokesperson for Interior Ministry said on Friday (January 3).
Speaking at a weekly briefing, ministry spokesman Ismail Catakli said an investigation is launched into Ghosn's passage through Istanbul en route to Lebanon.
Ghosn has become an international fugitive after he revealed on Tuesday (December 31) he had fled to Lebanon to escape what he called a "rigged" justice system in Japan, where he faces charges relating to alleged financial crimes.
A Turkish private jet operator MNG Jet said Ghosn used two of its planes illegally in his escape from Japan, with an employee falsifying lease records to exclude his name from the documents.
MNG Jet said it had filed a criminal complaint over the incident, a day after Turkish police detained seven people, including four pilots, as part of the ongoing investigation.
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