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Ghosn attributes his arrest in Japan to “betrayal of Nissan”

Nissan’s former boss, Carlos Ghosn, was arrested in Tokyo for “conspiracy” against him, saying he had been “betrayed” by company executives when he tried to strengthen the partnership with Renault and Mitsubishi.

Ghosn was arrested on 19 November and faces judicial charges on suspicion of hiding millions of dollars in bonuses agreed with Nissan and for suspected use of the company to cover personal financial losses.

In an interview with the Nikki newspaper inside the prison, Ghosn denied the charges against him and that his leadership of the company turned into a “dictatorship.”

Ghosn said he was “betrayed” by Nissan executives who opposed the “deepening partnership” that began two decades ago between Renault and Nissan, which later joined Mitsubishi. In the 20-minute interview, he confirmed that he was accused of practicing dictatorship to oust him, and considered that those who accuse him of doing so only seek to “distort the truth” in order to “get rid of it.”

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