Nissan ex-boss Carlos Ghosn has accused former executives on the agency of “backstabbing” and says he’s harmless of all fees in opposition to him.
In a pre-recorded video launched by his authorized crew, he mentioned he was sufferer of a “conspiracy” and needed a good trial.
Nissan mentioned in response that there was “substantial proof” in opposition to him.
Mr Ghosn was arrested for a fourth time final week whereas on bail awaiting trial on fees of economic misconduct and breach of belief.
“Apart from any legal issues, Nissan’s inside investigation has uncovered substantial proof of blatantly unethical conduct,” the corporate mentioned.
“Additional discoveries associated to [Mr] Ghosn’s misconduct proceed to emerge.”
Within the video message, the 65-year-old, who was first arrested in November, maintained his denial of any wrongdoing or misconduct.
“That is a few plot, that is about conspiracy, that is about backstabbing – that is what we’re speaking about,” Mr Ghosn mentioned within the video, launched at a information convention.
“There was a worry that the following step of the alliance… would in a sure manner threaten some folks or ultimately threaten the autonomy of Nissan.”
Mr Ghosn was the architect of the alliance between Nissan and French carmaker Renault, and introduced Mitsubishi on board in 2016.
The autumn from grace for the trade titan has attracted international consideration. It has additionally put a highlight on preventing throughout the carmaker alliance and on Japan’s authorized system.
His spouse Carole Ghosn has flown to France to ask the federal government there to intervene on her husband’s behalf.
What has occurred to date?
Prosecutors mentioned Mr Ghosn’s newest arrest associated to transfers of Nissan funds totalling $15m (£11.5m) between 2015 and 2018.
They allege that $5m of that quantity was utilized by Mr Ghosn for private expenditure.
Native media had beforehand mentioned that authorities had been constructing a brand new case in opposition to him involving funds to a dealership in Oman.
He had been launched on bail in March after being in jail for greater than three months.
Mr Ghosn was first detained in November, charged with under-reporting his pay package deal for the 5 years to 2015.
In January, a contemporary cost claimed he understated his compensation for one more three years. He was additionally indicted on a brand new, extra critical cost of breach of belief.
He’s credited with turning across the fortunes of Nissan and Renault over a number of years.