Nissan CEO calls for Renault board to evaluate Ghosn findings

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Nissan expects alliance partner Renault’s board to back its removal of Chairman Carlos Ghosn once it sees proof from the Japanese automaker’s investigation, Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa stated in a Monday newspaper interview.

Nissan understands that findings it gave to Renault lawyers over a month ago have still not been shared enough with the Renault board, Saikawa informed France’s Les Echos.

“All that I ask is that the directors of Renault should have access to the full dossier,” Saikawa stated. “I think that once that’s the case, they will draw the same conclusions as we did.”

Ghosn’s November arrest in Japan and ouster by Nissan have deepened tensions with its French parent Renault – which has until now maintained Ghosn in office as chairman and CEO, mentioning the presumption of innocence.

Ghosn has been charged over accusations that he failed to reveal close to $80 million in additional compensation for 2010-18 that he had arranged to be paid later. Nissan director Greg Kelly and the automaker itself have also been indicted.

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