Friday, 19 April, 2019

Ghosn slams 'backstabbing' former Nissan colleagues in video address

Nissan ex-chair Ghosn says a 'conspiracy' led to his arrest In video, ousted Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn claims he is victim of 'conspiracy'
Priscilla Morrison | 09 April, 2019, 21:26

The once-feted executive, who had been out on $9 million bail for 30 days, recorded the video the day before he went back to jail.

Nissan's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn is maintaining he is innocent and in a video released by his legal team accuses some executives at the Japanese automaker of a "conspiracy" that led to his arrest on financial misconduct allegations.

A video statement made by former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn is shown on a screen during a news conference set up by his lawyers in Tokyo.

"I am innocent", Ghosn said, adding that he still loved both Nissan and Japan.

"We're talking about people who really played a very dirty game into what's happening", he said. His hair appeared greyer and his face thinner than before his first arrest in November. He also resigned as CEO of Renault.

On Monday, Nissan shareholders ousted him as a director, severing his last tie with the carmaker that he rescued from near-bankruptcy two decades ago.

His arrest came as a result of a plea bargain deal struck between Nissan executives and prosecutors. However, the new, $5 million (R70.5m) allegation is potentially more serious, as it could show he used company funds for his own purposes.

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"This is a conspiracy. this is not about greed or dictatorship, this is about a plot, this about a conspiracy, this is about a backstabbing", Ghosn said in the video. "Frankly, sitting down around the table, being consensual about decisions, this is not a vision in an industry which is as competitive as the current industry", Ghosn said.

Ghosn's video begins with the suggestion that the clip was filmed in preparation for him being arrested: "If you are listening to me through this video today, it means that I was not able to make the press conference that I planned for April 11".

Prosecutors reportedly wanted to question her on a voluntary basis over suspicions company money allegedly misused by Ghosn could have transited through a business that was run by his wife.

Prosecutors said Ghosn had been detained over transfers of Nissan funds totalling $15 million between late 2015 and the middle of 2018 to a dealership in Oman.

"There were no legitimate reasons for the confiscation at a time when (Carole) was not even a suspect". He also said he disagrees with accusations that he was a greedy, dictatorial leader.

Ghosn's lawyer Junichiro Hironaka said that the latest arrest was to "apply pressure" upon his client and that prosecutors were taking "cruel steps" to push Ghosn into "incriminating himself into a confession".

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