Ghosn blames 'rivals' inside Nissan for arrest, denies allegations

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In an interview with The Nikkei business daily posted online Wednesday, Ghosn says there is "no doubt" that "plot and treason" were committed by Nissan executives determined to throw off a plan of deeper integration between Nissan and two other auto companies.

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn waits for French President Emmanuel Macron for a visit of the Renault factory in Maubeuge, France, November 8, 2018. The executive has blamed his legal troubles on a "plot" by Nissan executives to block his planned merger of Renault and Nissan.

The Renault- Nissan- Mitsubishi alliance is not far behind with 10.76 million vehicles, reducing the margin between the top two positions to around 70,000 units, as noted by CNBC.

Jailed former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn says he's the innocent victim of treacherous rivals at the company.

Ghosn's resignation from Renault brought to an end nearly two decades at the top of the carmaking industry.

There were also allegations of Ghosn receiving 7.82 million euros (RM36.8 million) in improper payments through Nissan-Mitsubishi B.V., a Netherlands-based joint venture between the two firms.

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But he insisted: "What we need is to achieve something legally binding - and that means part of the Withdrawal Agreement". Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Duncan Smith said today that the proposal was "the best hope we've got".

But the French government's desire to hold more influence over Nissan, of which Renault holds a 43.4 percent stake with voting rights, is at odds with the Japanese automaker's insistence on maintaining its independence.

In his first media interview since being detained, Ghosn claimed that he wanted to include Mitsubishi Motors CEO Osamu Masuko in the talks, but "Saikawa wanted it one-on-one".

He said the payment to this businessman, Khaled Juffali, had been signed by "four officers". "There are no exceptions".

Among the charges is that he failed to disclose more than $80 million in additional compensation for 2010-18 that he would be paid to him after he retired. He was indicted for allegedly understating his income at Nissan by tens of millions of dollars and temporarily transferring personal trading losses to the carmaker. Asked why he resigned if he was innocent of the accusations against him, he said the company could not function under a system of temporary governance, and that he made a decision to resign when he was refused bail a second time. Mr Ghosn has not been allowed to meet or communicate with family members and his repeated requests to be released on bail have been denied by Japanese authorities, despite providing assurances to wear an ankle tracking device and personally pay for security.

Ghosn's lawyers have failed to get bail due to the court's concerns he would be a flight risk and also possibly try to hide or destroy evidence.

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