Escape from Tokyo - The Carlos case

The most interesting aspect of Carlos Ghosn’s flight from justice — or injustice — in Tokyo is not what went wrong with the police operation designed to keep him under close surveillance.

Escape from Tokyo - The Carlos case

The most interesting aspect of Carlos Ghosn’s flight from justice — or injustice — in Tokyo is not what went wrong with the police operation designed to keep him under close surveillance.

It’s the matter of the double bass case in which he is reported to have escaped with the help of heavies disguised as a Gregorian music band.

There is a precedent with which Mr Ghosn has been familiar.

A KGB double-agent, George Blake, serving a 42-year sentence was allegedly smuggled out of Britain in 1966 in an instrument case belonging to a harpist with a Soviet-bloc state orchestra that just happened to be in London.

That double bass case, though, might have alerted the police in Tokyo if they’d known that there’s little if any place in Gregorian chant music for an instrument of any kind.

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