Photo: Carlos Ghosn reportedly celebrated New Year’s in Beirut

Photo: Carlos Ghosn reportedly celebrated New Year's in Beirut

  • Carlos Ghosn reportedly celebrated New Year’s Even in Beirut with his wife and other friends in a photo obtained by a French news channel. 
  • On Monday, Ghosn surfaced in Lebanon after presumably skipping bail and escaping from Japan where he was facing allegations of financial fraud. 
  • It’s not clear how the 65-year-old made it to Beirut without being noticed, and he is expected to give a press conference soon with more details. 
  • Follow Business Insider’s full coverage of the international fugitive here. 

The international manhunt surrounding Carlos Ghosn didn’t appear to deter the fugitive ex-auto executive’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.

An unconfirmed photo published by French television station TF1 appears to show Ghosn, with his wife and family members, enjoying a New Year’s celebration in Beirut, where the fugitive has confirmed he is holed up.

On Monday, the 65-year-old former Nissan CEO captured the world’s attention by skipping bail in Japan, somehow evading intense surveillance to escape to his home country of Lebanon.

It’s not clear exactly how Ghosn made it out of Japan, and even his lawyer admitted he was not sure how the escape occurred. It’s thought Ghosn transited through Turkey, which on Thursday detained four pilots suspected of helping him flee on a private jet.

Through a US-based PR firm retained this week, Ghosn denounced speculation that his wife or family had aided in the planning or execution of his flight.

“There has been speculation in the media that my wife Carole, and other members of my family played a role in my departure from Japan,” he said. “All such speculation is inaccurate and false. I alone arranged for my departure. My family had no role whatsoever.”

A representative did not respond to a question from Business Insider about the New Year’s photo. 

Ghosn, who has categorically denied the allegations of financial wrongdoing and misuse of corporate assets by Japanese prosecutors since his November 2018 arrest, is expected to give a press conference in the coming days.

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