Nissan wanted to get rid of Carlos Ghosn. New facts!June 21, 2020
At the disposal of Bloomberg were emails from top executives of Nissan two years ago, which discussed the need to neutralize the initiatives of Carlos Ghosn on the merger of the Japanese brand and the French automaker Renault. Representatives of Nissan deny everything and claim that the correspondence is fabricated.
According to Bloomberg, in 2018, unnamed senior Nissan employees in an e-mail correspondence suggested neutralizing Ghosn to thwart his plans to merge Nissan and Renault. On November 19 of the same year, Carlos Ghosn was arrested by the Tokyo prosecutor’s office – he was charged with abuse of trust, falsification of financial statements about income and fraud. Shortly after the arrest, Nissan and Renault fired Ghosn from managerial positions.
Ghosn spent some time in prison, after which he was put under house arrest. At the end of 2019, the ex-head of the alliance fled from Japan to Lebanon, where he is still located.
A week after his high-profile escape, Carlos Ghosn made an appeal, during which he said that he was running “not from justice, but from injustice and political persecution.” He continues to deny his guilt and claims that Nissan employees initiated the case against him, including then-CEO Hiroto Saikawa and other former and current Japanese managers. They were helped by Japanese officials, but Ghos did not name them.
Nissan has repeatedly denied allegations against it, and a new turn in the case was no exception. The Financial Times quoted the company as commenting on the merged letters in the Ghosn case: “We are notified of a number of documents that have been sent to the media several times. We assume that they were tampered with or fabricated to create the illusion that they were written by Nissan employees. ”
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