Turkey releases images of alleged Ghosn accomplices

Turkey releases images of alleged Ghosn accomplices

ISTANBUL - Agence France-Presse
Turkey releases images of alleged Ghosn accomplices

Images of two men accused of helping fugitive businessman Carlos Ghosn escape via an Istanbul airport published by Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency.

The security camera images, first made public on Jan. 16, show Michael Taylor and George Antoine Zayek at passport control in Istanbul Airport.

The Wall Street Journal described Taylor as a former U.S. special forces operative now working as a private security contractor.

Ghosn, the former boss of carmaker Nissan, fled from Japan reportedly by hiding inside an audio equipment box, later giving a news conference in Lebanon.

He has refused to comment on the details of his escape.        

Turkish police say he disembarked on foot at the smaller Atatürk Airport and transferred to another private jet for Lebanon.            

Anadolu Agency's report suggests Taylor and Zayek accompanied Ghosn from Japan to Turkey, but then transferred across town to Istanbul's main airport and took a separate flight to Beirut with Lebanese Airways.                 

Turkey has arrested five people as part of its investigation into the escape, including employees of MNG, the private jet firm used by Ghosn.           

The firm says its aircraft were used illegally in the escape and has filed a criminal complaint.