A little over a month ago, former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn officially became a fugitive when he fled to Lebanon in what the Internet called a daring escape, to say the least. Nissan called that move ‘regrettable’ and assured that it will take further legal action in order for Ghosn to answer for his crimes against the company.
Now, Nissan has shown just how serious it is about pursuing legal action, having announced that it is suing Ghosn for ¥10 billion (about $91 million or P4.6 billion) in damages.
“This claim for damages announced today has been calculated on the basis of costs incurred by Nissan due to Ghosn and his corrupt practices over many years,” reads the company’s official statement.
The Japanese carmaker has filed the lawsuit in Yokohama District Court, charging Ghosn for all payments made to or by him as indicated in Nissan’s statement of September 9, 2019, including “the use of overseas residential property without paying rent, private use of corporate jets, payments to his sister, payments to his personal lawyer in Lebanon,” as well as “resources and costs related to Nissan’s internal investigation into Ghosn and his misconduct,” and “legal and regulatory costs incurred in Japan, the US, the Netherlands, and other territories.”
This entire ordeal dates back to the latter part of 2018, and there looks to be no end in sight just yet for either of the parties involved. In fact, just after he fled Japan, Ghosn held a press conference to plead his innocence—or to claim innocence, rather. Nissan adds that it “also reserves the right to pursue separate legal action over groundless and defamatory remarks made by Ghosn” in this press conference.
As of this writing, Ghosn’s party hasn’t issued a statement just yet. We’ll more for updates you as we have them—watch this space.