- Carlos Ghosn files lawsuit against Nissan, seeking over $1 billion in damages
- Legal proceedings include charges of defamation, slander, libel, and fabrication of evidence
- Ghosn's escape from Japan and denouncement of their "rigged" justice system adds a dramatic twist
Carlos Ghosn, the former Chairman of automotive giant Nissan, has officially commenced a legal battle against the company, seeking damages exceeding $1 billion. This was made evident through a lawsuit filed to the public prosecutor in Lebanon, and subsequently confirmed by reliable sources to Reuters.
The extensive lawsuit, submitted on May 18, doesn't solely target Nissan. It also implicates two additional corporations and a dozen individuals. The charges brought forward are severe, ranging from defamation, slander, and libel to the manipulation and creation of false evidence.
Nissan, for the time being, has chosen to remain silent on this matter, according to a company spokesperson. However, the wheels of justice are already in motion, with a court session scheduled for September 18 to begin legal proceedings.
Ghosn, once considered an icon of the global automotive sector, found himself in legal trouble back in late 2018. Arrested in Japan, he faced charges of financial misconduct, which he vehemently denied. Ghosn claimed his detainment was a scheme by Nissan executives aimed at blocking a potential merger.
In a daring escape in December 2019, Ghosn fled Japan concealed in a box on a private jet, landing safely in Lebanon, his childhood home. Ghosn was standing trial in Japan for multiple charges, including under-reporting earnings, breach of trust, and misappropriation of company funds. Ghosn continues to refute these accusations. Upon arrival in Lebanon, he expressed his intention to clear his name, labeling the Japanese justice system as "rigged."
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