It has been three months since former chairman of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance Carlos Ghosn addressed the public on video following his first arrest last year, and as many would have expected, Ghosn has countered with a court case against Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Motors, Reuters quoted a report by Dutch newspaper NRC.
The former alliance chief is seeking 15 million euros (RM69 million) in damages from the automakers. Japanese prosecutors charged Ghosn with financial misconduct, essentially under-reporting his income, while Nissan and Mitsubishi claimed that Ghosn improperly received $9 million (RM37 million). Ghosn has denied these charges, and resigned from his positions at Renault in January.
“In the Netherlands, if you want to fire an executive you have to first tell him what he’s being accused of, and you have to provide him with the evidence for the accusations. Neither of those things has happened,” lawyer Laurens de Graaf told the Dutch newspaper. Ghosn was granted bail early in March after his first arrest, although he was re-arrested shortly thereafter.
Prosecutors who charged Ghosn for financial misconduct last year also charged Nissan for filing false financial statements, and the automaker said that it took the situation extremely seriously. The district court in Amsterdam is reviewing the case but has not set a trial date yet, NRC reported.