Asahi: Japan prosecutors likely to build new criminal case against Ghosn

Глава Nissan попался на серьезных махинациях

Earlier this week, we had reported that Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested by the Japanese Police following a financial misconduct.

The newspaper Asahi Shimbun reports on Thursday that Carlos Ghosn was asked by e-mail to Greg Kelly, a director of Nissan on the fifth wheel, to falsify his income tax returns. The board of directors of the giant of the automotive Nissan, which met on Thursday to decide on the future of its iconic president, Carlos Ghosn, has unanimously made a decision to revoke it.

Analysts say the future of Nissan's alliance with Renault may be at stake, though Nissan's statement Thursday said the company's leadership was determined to minimize the impact from Ghosn's case on the partnership.

The head of the Alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi-Carlos Ghosn, arrested by the Tokyo district public Prosecutor on November 19 at the Haneda airport, shortly after landing.

The Japanese automaker also vowed to "study the creation of a special committee to appropriately take advice from an independent third party regarding the governance management system and better governance of director compensation". Kelly is accused of helping Ghosn in his wrongdoings. Six men and a woman have decided the fate of the boss of the number one global automotive Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Motors. The maximum punishment in Japan for filing a false financial statement is up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to 10 million yen ($89,000).

Mr Ghosn, a Brazilian-French citizen of Lebanese descent, was detained after turning himself in to prosecutors upon arriving at Japan's Haneda airport on Monday night.




NHK reported that Ghosn also failed to properly disclose homes that were provided for him by Nissan in four different countries.

Reuters was not able to contact them. Nissan, which is much bigger and sells more vehicles than Renault, holds only a 15% non-voting stake in the French company.

Speaking to The Associated Press, Le Maire said "this turbulence shouldn't weaken" the Renault-Nissan alliance or its hundreds of thousands of jobs.

The companies have been partners for nearly 20 years, held together by a complex web of cross-shareholdings and joint manufacturing platforms - but most of all by Ghosn, a charismatic globetrotter who, until this week, was often cited as the most successful foreign executive in Japanese history.

That is probably unlikely, as the costs of the alliance failing would be huge.

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