In a brand new twist to the Nissan and Carlos Ghosn saga, the discredited former Nissan and Renault boss who jumped bail in Japan and escaped to Lebanon has filed a $1 billion lawsuit in opposition to Nissan within the court docket of Lebanon.
The case and the escape
Carlos was detained in Japan in November 2018 after allegations of monetary misconduct involving a plot to underreport his remuneration surfaced.
After this, he spent 13 months within the custody of Japanese Authorities or beneath sure bail circumstances, together with 24-hour house surveillance. Nevertheless, Carlos dodged the trial in Japan after a daring escape to Beirut in an audio tools case in 2019, making the most of the truth that Lebanon doesn’t have an extradition treaty with Japan.
Carlos managed to flee from Japan in December 2019 whereas on bail. He smuggled inside a field to retailer musical tools earlier than arriving in Lebanon by way of Turkey in a personal jet.
After his escape made headlines worldwide, an investigation revealed that Michael and Peter Taylor, an American father and son duo, helped transport Carlos from a resort to the airport on the day of his escape.
The duo have been deported from the US earlier this. They accepted their mistake and apologised to the Japanese folks and authorities for his or her function in escaping Carlos Ghosn. They may face three years in jail.
Renault to Nissan and the rising partnership
In 1999, Renault despatched him to assist rejuvenate the ailing Nissan, which was teetering on the point of chapter, after a deal was struck between the French and Japanese auto producers.
He later turned the manager of each automotive producers and expanded the alliance by involving Mitsubishi Motors in 2016.
The lawsuit additionally highlights this alliance plan he was engaged on to hyperlink the three vehicle firms in a extra intensive partnership with Fiat Chrysler.
He alleges that the plan to make this partnership irreversible began a conspiracy at Nissan to take away and defame him. He additionally claims efforts made by Nissan to compensate him to cease him from probably leaving to affix a rival international carmaker.
‘A conspiracy hatched to defame me.’
The monetary lawsuit comes after a court docket in Tokyo discovered Carlos and his former colleague Greg Kelly responsible final 12 months of serving to Carlos disguise a part of ¥9.3 billion ($80.4 million) of his revenue from monetary regulators.
The 69-year-old within the lawsuit claimed that the extreme accusations in opposition to him would keep in folks’s minds, and he would undergo for the remainder of his life by dealing with the results of allegation primarily based on mere suspicion.
Therefore he’s searching for $588 million in misplaced compensation and prices and $500 million in punitive measures. In addition to Nissan, the lawsuit can be filed in opposition to a dozen folks, together with two Nissan board members, whom Carlos accuses of hatching a plan to expel him from the corporate.
Lebanon’s court docket has given the date in September for the primary lawsuit listening to. Nevertheless, a consultant for Nissan clarified that the corporate had not acquired any lawsuits.