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The former Nissan president has returned to Lebanon, apparently after fleeing Japan, where he was expected to be tried next year on charges of financial irregularities. It is another dramatic turn in the story of a man who was once a senior automotive executive.

A Lebanese newspaper reported that Ghosn arrived in Lebanon in a private plane from Turkey. In a statement, published this morning, he said "he would no longer be held hostage by a manipulated Japanese justice system."

"I have not fled from justice, I have escaped injustice and political persecution," he added.

The circumstances under which he left Japan were unclear. He had paid a bail of $ 9 million, he had been asked to hand over his passport and the authorities watched him closely.

Background: Mr. Ghosn, the architect of Nissan's alliance with Renault and Mitsubishi Motors, has been accused by the Japanese authorities of not reporting their compensation and transferring personal financial losses to Nissan. He has firmly maintained his innocence.

Whats Next: Mr. Ghosn is a citizen of Lebanon, where he is legally protected from extradition, as well as from France and Brazil. He said in his statement that he could now "communicate freely with the media,quot; and that he hoped "to start next week."

When a 1998 peace agreement ended decades of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland, one of the factors that brought Irish nationalists to the negotiating table was economic: both Britain and Ireland had joined the European Union, an agreement that ensured uninhibited trade through their mutual borders.

While Britain is preparing to leave the European Union before January 31, Northern Ireland has become a "unique and treacherous obstacle,quot; to any agreement on the terms of divorce, according to a writer at The New York Times. Anger over Brexit there, and in Scotland, can still contribute to the breakup of the United Kingdom itself.