Re­nault de­nounces Nis­san over Ghosn probe

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PARIS: Lawyers for French car­maker Re­nault have crit­i­cized their Ja­pa­nese al­liance part­ner Nis­san for its han­dling of an in­ter­nal probe into the Car­los Ghosn scan­dal, a Sun­day news­pa­per has re­ported.

In a let­ter to Nis­san dated Jan­uary 19, the lawyers said they had “se­ri­ous con­cerns about the meth­ods used” by the com­pany and its le­gal team, in­clud­ing the way they treated some Re­nault em­ploy­ees, ac­cord­ing to France’s Le Jour­nal du Di­manche. For­mer head of the al­liance Ghosn is be­ing held in Ja­pan on charges he un­der­re­ported mil­lions of dol­lars in pay as head of Nis­san.

“Re­nault has gath­ered suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to un­der­stand and re­gret the meth­ods used by Nis­san and its lawyers to seek in­ter­views with Re­nault em­ploy­ees through the Ja­pa­nese pub­lic prose­cu­tor’s of­fice,” they said. Nis­san was seek­ing “ev­i­dence to sup­port al­le­ga­tions against Car­los Ghosn af­ter his ar­rest” and failed to con­sult its French part­ner, ac­cord­ing to the news­pa­per.

The firm also tried to search Ghosn’s apart­ments in Brazil, Le­banon and the Nether­lands with­out in­form­ing Re­nault, the let­ter added. A Nis­san spokesman told AFP on Sun­day that the let­ter which they re­ceived weeks ago “have al­ready been re­viewed and fully ad­dressed in a se­ries of ver­bal and writ­ten re­sponses from Nis­san’s ex­ter­nal at­tor­neys.” “The com­mu­ni­ca­tions in ques­tion do not re­flect the cur­rent state of dis­cus­sions with Re­nault and its lawyers,” said Nis­san spokesman Ni­cholas Max­field.

AFP/FILE

▪ Car­los Ghosn, for­mer CEO, Nis­san.

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