20:52 GMT05 March 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - On 31 December, Ghosn left Japan, where he was under house arrest over financial misconduct, and fled to Lebanon. He later said he left Japan because he was fleeing from "political persecution".

    Japanese authorities on Thursday searched the home of former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, following his escape to Lebanon, news outlet Kyodo reported.

    Ghosn was formally charged with financial fraud and abuse of power in January 2019,  several months after his arrest. After spending some time in a detention centre, he was allowed to stay in Japan awaiting trial, but he later jumped bail.

    Carlos Ghosn
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    Carlos Ghosn

    According to the Japanese prosecutor's office, Ghosn had been covering his losses from private investments on the company's dime, with the losses amounting to around $21 million.

    The businessman was also accused of significantly underreporting his income during his tenure as chairman of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Ghosn claimed that he was paid 7.8 billion yen ($71 million) in salary from 2010-2018, but prosecutors claim he was paid 17 billion yen ($156 million).

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