Lebanon Refuses Japan's Request To Extradite Carlos Ghosn

Despite whispers about Carlos Ghosn having worn out his welcome in Lebanon, the land of his birth, it appears the country still has his back. Lebanese authorities on Wednesday rejected a request to extradite Carlos Ghosn to Japan, Nikkei Asian Review reports.

In a "extraction" dubbed 'the Great Escape', Ghosn quietly fled house arrest in Tokyo after walking right out his front door and fled the country while hiding in a case intended for musical equipment. His escape, which was masterminded by a former green beret known for rescuing kidnapping victims, triggered an international incident between mighty Japan and much-smaller Lebanon. A Lebanese judge earlier this month ordered Ghosn not to leave the country due to an active Interpol red notice requested by Japan.

Lebanon has asked Japanese officials to send over documents in Ghosn's case, and said it would review them once they were in hand. Though Ghosn has offered to stand trial on the charges anywhere but Japan, it's unlikely that he will face any criminal proceedings in Lebanon.

Ghosn has been reunited with his wife, Carole Ghosn, who has emerged as his biggest defender in the media. The two are living in a pink villa in Beirut that was, ironically, purchased for Ghosn by Nissan back when he was chairman and CEO.

During an epic three-hour press conference where Ghosn took questions directly from the press, the former executive said his arrest was part of a plot between the Japanese government and Nissan executives to stop him from merging the company with French carmaker and fellow alliance member Renault.