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Pilots, exec convicted over Ghosn's Japan escape

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A business executive and two pilots have been convicted over their role in helping Carlos Ghosn escape from Japan.

The former Nissan chief had been under house arrest charged with financial crimes - charges he has always denied.

But in December 2019 he fled the country after allegedly being smuggled onto a private jet hidden inside a music case.

On Wednesday (February 24) a Turkish court convicted an executive from the aircraft's operator, MNG Jet, on charges of migrant smuggling.

Two pilots were also convicted.

None of the three are expected to return to jail, having already spent some time in detention.

One of the pilots said it was unfair to expect them to have known what was going on.

Japanese police, security and customs didn't suspect anything, he says, so why should we.

The men all pled not guilty, and plan to appeal.

Ghosn remains in Beirut, his childhood home.

Video Transcript

- A business executive and two pilots have been convicted over their role in helping Carlos Ghosn escape from Japan. The former Nissan chief had been under house arrest charged with financial crimes-- charges he has always denied. But in December 2019, he fled the country after allegedly being smuggled onto a private jet hidden inside a music case.

On Wednesday, a Turkish court convicted an executive from the aircraft's operator, MNG Jet, on charges of migrant smuggling. Two pilots were also convicted. None of the three are expected to return to jail though, having already spent some time in detention. One of the pilots said it was unfair to expect them to have known what was going on.

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- Japanese police, security, and Customs didn't suspect anything, he says, so why should we? The men pled not guilty and will appeal.

Ghosn remains in Beirut, his childhood home.