Prison in Turkey for five accused of helping in the escape of Ghosn

The minister of Justice of Turkey, Abdülhamit Gül, confirmed on Saturday that the Turkish Justice has been sent to prison on a preventative basis to five of the

Prison in Turkey for five accused of helping in the escape of Ghosn

The minister of Justice of Turkey, Abdülhamit Gül, confirmed on Saturday that the Turkish Justice has been sent to prison on a preventative basis to five of the seven arrested last Thursday in connection with the escape of the former president of Renault-Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, from Japan to Lebanon through the Airport of Istanbul. The five individuals who have been charged are four pilots -two of them who drove the planes in which he traveled the employer - and another “employee of the company,” added the owner of Justice without mentioning the company. Although, it seems clear that he was referring to MNG Jet, the division of rental of private planes of the group carrier Turkish MNG that operated the equipment used by the employer and which have been impounded by order of the Prosecutor's office Turkish while appropriate to the research.

“There are two foreign individuals who did transit. On this topic we are taking statements and the investigations continue. According to this, it will open a process”, said the Turkish minister, interviewed on a program on CNN-Türk on Saturday. For the moment, the Justice japanese has not made any formal request for aid to Turkey, said Gül, so that the investigation is proceeding in respect of the local laws that they had been able to break the involved in the escape of Ghosn.

The past day 29, He escaped from his residence in Tokyo, where he remained under house arrest. Traveled from Osaka to the newly built Airport of Istanbul on a private aircraft, and there changed to a plane. The second flight departed 45 minutes after his arrival to the Turkish city and took him to Beirut. “In December of 2019, MNG Jet he rented two private jets to two different clients: one had to travel from Dubai to Osaka and from Osaka to Istanbul and the other private plane from Istanbul to Beirut. Both leases did not seem to be related. The name of Mr. Ghosn did not appear in the documentation of any of the flights,” explained the Turkish company of aviation.

The identity with the escaped Ghosn and with the transfer in Istanbul is still a mystery as three of their passports -lebanese, French and brazilian - were seized by the authorities in japan awaiting trial for financial crimes you are facing, while the fourth -French - was guarded by his lawyers and could only be used under strict conditions. All in all, the lebanese authorities have assured that their country entered legally.

MNG Jet claims to have filed in date of January 1, a criminal complaint for “illegal use” of your charter services” made by Ghosn and has explained that, after initiating an inquiry into internal, one of the employees of the company-also investigated by the Turkish Justice- “admitted to having falsified the records” of flight. “He confirmed that he acted individually, without the knowledge or authorization of the company,” reads the statement of MNG Jet, signed by its director-general, Can Sasmaz.

The aircraft company has confirmed that the aircraft used by Ghosn are a Bombardier Global 6000 with the number of queue TC-TSR, and a Bombardier Challenger 300 registration TC-RZA. None is owned by MNG Jet, although this company operates with frequency. This is not the first time that this company becomes embroiled in controversy since one of these appliances was involved in the scheme to transport large quantities of gold among various countries for Iran to receive the payments of their hydrocarbons circumventing the embargo imposed because of its nuclear programme. Also their aircraft have been used to carry Turkey large quantities of gold venezuelan, and to top officials and relatives of the Government of Nicolas Maduro.

Updated Date: 04 January 2020, 15:00

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