Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn is set to face the world's media today and reveal for the first time the dramatic details of how skipped bail in Japan and fled to Lebanon to escape corruption charges.
The 65-year-old businessman is expected to outline how he escaped and hit back at allegations against him that he defrauded the car giant to the tune of £65million.
The fugitive, who fled Tokyo in a dramatic escape before New Year, will make a highly anticipated public appearance in Beirut at 3pm (1pm UK time) at Lebanon's press syndicate headquarters.
This morning, private security personnel guarded the pink coloured villa in central Beirut where Ghosn is believed to be residing as reporters and photographers camped outside.
Carlos Ghosn, 65, fled japan where he faced corruption charges. He is pictured here arriving at a Tokyo court in April last year
Ghosn fled to his home in Lebanon (pictured) where he joined his wife after fleeing Japan
Ghosn took a bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka (inset) before flying from Kansai Airport onto Beirut via Istanbul
Journalists, including several from Japan, watched with bated breath as vehicles - some with tinted windows - came and went from the premises.
Ghosn's bail jump has prompted outrage from the Japanese government, which has called his escape "unjustifiable", as well as from Japanese automaker Nissan which labelled the getaway "extremely regrettable".
Many are expecting Ghosn to disclose details of his audacious flight from Japan to Beirut via Istanbul - a dramatic twist in a story worthy of a Hollywood plot.
According to Japanese media, he slipped out of his house in Tokyo, boarded a bullet train to Osaka and then a private jet to Istanbul, evading customs by hiding in a box, before reaching Beirut on December 30.
Ghosn says the charges against him stem from a "coup" inside Nissan by disgruntled executives and Japanese officials who feared his plans to more closely integrate the car giant with its alliance partner, French firm Renault.
Nissan has continued to insist it has "incontrovertible evidence of various acts of misconduct by Ghosn".
But his legal team in France hit back at those remarks just hours before Ghosn was due to speak.