Carlos Ghosn, the escaped former auto official, used a joint venture between Nissan and Mitsubishi to increase his pay, effectively getting a cut to his declared wages, and to cover a personal tax debt, lawyers for the businesses stated Monday.
Ghosn, the former chairperson of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi partnership, was detained in Japan two years ago on financial offense charges; however, he fled to Lebanon last December.
He has repeatedly declined any misconduct, along with concerning the way he was paid.
Mitsubishi and Nissan have been splashing over payments made to Ghosn from their Dutch stationed alliance and had already challenged a salary and bonus worth 7.3 million, which they declare he granted himself without the knowledge of their respective committees.
In new arguments submitted to a Dutch courtroom Monday, lawyers for the companies alleged Ghosn granted himself that compensation to offset a cut in his stated earnings at Nissan.
Ghosn – who was under public inspection in Japan and France over his wages throughout his tenure, though he has contended since that other auto sector bosses had been paid much more – had agreed to slash his pay when exiting Nissan in April 2017.
Representatives of Ghosn’s legal staff stated the allegations of unknown or unjust funds had been unfounded.
New details about Ghosn’s compensation emerged during a hearing in Amsterdam focused on an illegal dismissal lawsuit brought by the former auto official against the Japanese car manufacturers.
Ghosn is seeking 15 million euros in damages from the Mitsubishi and Nissan, who, he alleges, broke Dutch labor laws.