Japan seeks Interpol wanted notice for the wife of Carlos Ghosn

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Japanese authorities have asked the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO) for an Interpol wanted notice for the wife of former Nissan Motor chairman Carole Ghosn, local media reported on Saturday.

If the notice is released for his wife, Carole, the couple’s travel chances outside of Lebanon may be restricted, Mainichi newspaper noted. Interpol has already issued an arrest warrant for Carlos Ghosn.

The request from Japan was made on Thursday, Mainichi and other Japanese media stated, citing unnamed sources.

Officials at the Japanese justice ministry weren’t available at the moment for comment.

Japanese prosecutors on Tuesday released an arrest warrant against Ghosn’s wife for alleged perjury, as officials stepped up efforts to bring the fugitive auto industry figure back to face trial on financial misconduct charges. Ghosn has denied these charges.

Ghosn, the former Nissan and Renault chairman, escaped Japan to Lebanon, his childhood home, last month as he awaited trial on charges of under-reporting earnings, breach of trust and misuse of company funds.

His dramatic escape has raised tensions between the two nations. Ghosn slammed the Japanese justice system at a two-hour news conference on Wednesday, leading Japan’s Justice Minister to launch a rare and forceful public response.

Lebanon, which has no extradition agreement with Japan, can lift a travel ban on Carlos Ghosn if files related to his case do not arrive from Japan under 40 days, caretaker justice minister Albert Serhan stated on Friday.

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