Ghosn arrives prior to the start of the Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco racetrack on May 24, 2015.
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Ghosn, ex-chairman of Nissan Motor Co., was detained last month on allegations of underreporting his income, and Friday, a Japanese court approved extending his detention for 10 more days.Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil promptly issued a statement saying Lebanon would stand by Ghosn, adding he had asked the Lebanese ambassador to Tokyo to look out for "the model of Lebanese success abroad"."He is a successful businessman with a good reputation ... he is not someone you would expect to be a cheat," said Rouba Rabah, who owns an art gallery opposite Ghosn's property.Another neighbor who declined to give his name said he was stunned by the news like every other Lebanese would be, recalling how he would see Ghosn personally overseeing the renovation work four years ago.Lebanese businessmen, many of them personal friends of Ghosn, have rallied around him, even after he was stripped of his title as chairman at Nissan and at Japanese partner Mitsubishi Motors Corp.A group of Lebanese lawyers is now considering forming a team for his defense, and Justice Minister Salim Jreissati told Lebanon's daily Al-Nahar that the government is considering asking Japan to extradite Ghosn to face trial on Lebanese soil.
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