Interpol has issued what’s called a Red Notice to Lebanon, a non-binding request to find and arrest Carlos Ghosn, the former auto industry executive who became a fugitive after he turned up in Lebanon on Tuesday, revealing he had secretly escaped Japan where he faces criminal charges of financial wrongdoing.
A Red Notice is not an arrest warrant. It instead requests a country provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition.
Lebanon has no extradition agreement with Japan.
Who is Carlos Ghosn?
Carlos Ghosn is the 64-year-old multimillionaire former head of Renault who was also CEO of Nissan.
In 1999, Renault and Nissan formed a strategic alliance, of which Ghosn was the founding chair and CEO. He is credited with reviving Nissan.
Ghosn holds passports from France, Lebanon and Brazil.
What is he charged with?
Ghosn was arrested Nov. 19, 2018, in Tokyo. He was charged with under-reporting his salary by about half over a five-year period.
He was indicted a month later, and immediately re-arrested on charges of under-reporting his salary for an additional three years.
Then on Dec. 21, 2018, he was arrested on new allegations. Japanese prosecutors accused him of shifting personal losses of $16.6 million US to Nissan.
In his first court appearance in January 2019, he declared his innocence and said he had been falsely accused. He was freed on bail.
Japanese prosecutors arrested him for a fourth time in April 2019, accusing him of trying to…