Carlos Ghosn, former general manager of the Renault-Nissan alliance, was “surprised” by an international arrest warrant issued by the French judicial authorities after investigating suspicious cash flows between Renault and a local dealer.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance architect has been the subject of several investigations since he fled Lebanon to Japan in late 2019, where he is still accused of financial misconduct.
“This is surprising. Ghosn has always cooperated with the French authorities,” a Ghosn spokesman in France told Reuters in response to an international arrest warrant reported by the Wall Street Journal.
The judge issued five international arrest warrants against Ghosni and the current owners or former directors of Suhail Bahwan Automobiles, an own vehicle distributor, the Nanterre prosecutor’s office confirmed. A Japanese investigation led to a dizzying overthrow of Carlos Ghosn by grace. He continued his sophisticated lifestyle on properties in Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Beirut before ending up in prison for months in Tokyo and under house arrest until he fled the country aboard. private machine.
At the moment, Ghosn was awaiting trial on charges of underestimating his compensation in Nissan’s financial reports by 9.3 billion yen ($ 85 million) over ten years, thus enriching himself at the expense of his employer by paying car dealers.
Ghosn – who denies all charges against him – remains in Lebanon, a country that does not have an extradition treaty with Japan and has a policy of not extraditing its citizens. The former Renault-Nissan driver holds a passport from Lebanon, France and Brazil.
The French authorities claim that it channeled millions of dollars in Renault funds through its Oman Car Dealer for personal use, including the purchase of a pleasure boat.