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Ghosn’s Escape Followed Weeks of Planning

Carlos Ghosn’s escape to Lebanon from Japan followed weeks of planning by associates aimed at getting the former auto executive to a country they believed would provide a more friendly legal environment to try the claims of financial wrongdoing against him, according to people familiar with the matter.

Last weekend, a team assembled to carry out his exfiltration sprung the plan into action with the aid of accomplices in Japan, one of these people said. Mr. Ghosn was spirited from his court-monitored residence in Tokyo onto…