Turkey detains pilots over Ghosn’s escape through Istanbul

Turkey detains pilots over Ghosn’s escape through Istanbul

Turkish policedetained seven people, including four pilots, on Thursday in an investigationinto how ousted Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn transited throughIstanbul en route to Lebanon after fleeing Japan, a police spokeswoman toldReuters.

She said the otherdetainees were two airport ground workers and one cargo worker and all sevenwere expected to give statements before a court on Thursday.

Media reports saidTurkey's interior ministry had begun an investigation into Ghosn's transit. Theformer Nissan boss revealed on Tuesday he had fled to Beirut to escape what hecalled a "rigged" justice system.

People familiarwith the matter told Reuters that Ghosn, one of the world's best-knownexecutives, had arrived in Beirut on a private jet from Istanbul on Monday.

Hurriyet newswebsite, citing an interior ministry official, said Turkish border police were notnotified about Ghosn's arrival, and neither his entry nor exit were registered.

A plane carryingGhosn arrived at 5:30 am (0230 GMT) Monday at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport,Hurriyet reported, adding that prosecutors ordered the arrests after wideningtheir investigation.

Flight tracking data from that time suggests that Ghosn used two different planes to fly into Istanbul and then on to Lebanon.

The businessman,who holds French, Lebanese and Brazilian citizenship, was smuggled out of Tokyoby a private security company days ago, the culmination of a plan that wascrafted over three months, Reuters has reported.

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