TOKYO - The defense team for former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn on Wednesday slammed Nissan's investigation that accuses him of financial misconduct as flawed and biased, not independent, and aimed only at taking him down.
“Nissan’s claim that it conducted ‘a robust, thorough internal investigation’ is a gross perversion of the truth. Rather, the facts demonstrate that investigation was never about finding the truth,” said a statement from French consultancy company Image Sept for the defense team.
“It was initiated and carried out for the specific, predetermined purpose of taking down Carlos Ghosn to prevent him from further integrating Nissan and Renault, which threatened the independence of Nissan, one of Japan’s iconic, flagship companies.”
Ghosn skipped bail last week while awaiting trial in Japan and is now in Lebanon. He led the Japanese automaker for two decades and has repeatedly characterized the Japanese criminal case against him as meant to block a fuller merger with Nissan's French alliance partner Renault.
He was expected to hold a news conference later Wednesday in Beirut.