A Turkish private jet firm says a rogue employee acted alone to help former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn escape from Japan using its aircraft.
Mystery surrounded how Ghosn, who faces criminal charges in Japan, travelled to Lebanon via Turkey at the weekend.
But the MNG jet firm now says one of its employees falsified records and arranged two flights for Mr Ghosn under different names.
The firm said it had filed a criminal complaint over the matter. Mr Ghosn, who holds Brazilian, French and Lebanese nationalities, was living under strict bail conditions when he left Japan.
When he turned up in Lebanon, his own lawyer in Japan told reporters that he was “dumbfounded”.
One story, reported by the Lebanese media and widely circulated online but denounced as “fiction” by the Ghosn family, claimed he had escaped his house in a musical instrument case.
But on Thursday, Japanese broadcaster NHK quoted “investigative sources” as saying that surveillance video showed Mr Ghosn leaving his home in Tokyo, alone, at noon on Sunday.
The installation of security cameras was reportedly a condition of his bail, but it is not clear if they were constantly monitored.
Mr Ghosn is believed to have flown from the Japanese city of Osaka to Istanbul, in Turkey, and then to Beirut in Lebanon.
After the stop in Turkey became known, seven people were arrested in connection with the case – four pilots, a cargo company manager, and two airport workers.
On Friday, MNG Jet announced it was making a criminal complaint in Turkey over the “illegal use of its jet charter service”.