January 3, 2020 / 9:16 AM / 17 days ago

UPDATE 1-Turkish operator says Ghosn used its jets illegally in escape from Japan

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ISTANBUL, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Turkish private aircraft operator MNG Jet said on Friday that its planes were used illegally in the escape from Japan of ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, adding it had filed a criminal complaint.

Ghosn has become an international fugitive after he revealed on Tuesday 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.

“In December 2019, MNG Jet leased two separate private jets to two different clients,” the company said adding that one of the company’s employees had admitted falsifying records by not including Ghosn’s name in the official documentation.

“One private jet from Dubai to Osaka and Osaka to Istanbul, and another private jet from Istanbul to Beirut. The two leases were seemingly not connected to each other,” the statement said.

On Thursday, Turkish police detained seven people, including four pilots, as part of an investigation into Ghosn’s passage through the country. The detainees were sent to court on Friday after giving statements to police on the incident. (Reporting by Ezgi Erkoyun and Bulent Usta; Editing by Jonathan Spicer and Daren Butler)

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