Carlos Ghosn may have evaded the long arm of Japanese law by escaping to Lebanon but that doesn't mean the judicial system can't dish out justice.
The former executive of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance was ordered by a Dutch court to repay EUR 5 million (about PHP 292.8 million) in wages to Nissan and Mitsubishi... in a case he had brought. The case, which is one of many that Ghosn is facing, centers around the Dutch-registered joint venture Nissan-Mitsubishi BV (NMBV), where Ghosn was removed as chairman.
According to Ghosn, he claimed that the Japanese automakers violated Dutch labor laws when they ousted him and demanded compensation of EUR 15 million (about PHP 878.8 million) for missed wages and severance payments. The district court, however, sided with the automakers, saying that Ghosn did not have a valid employment agreement with the joint venture. They also mentioned that it lacked the required consent of the boards of Nissan and Mitsubishi.
As a result, Ghosn was ordered to pay back the EUR 5 million in net payments he received from the joint venture between April to November of 2018. The court found that Ghosn falsely determined his own salary and sign-on bonus at NMBV. In addition, the board member who signed his employment contract at the joint venture on behalf of the car companies did not have the power to actually do so.
This case is similar to the one Ghosn is facing when he was accused of underreporting his salary when he was still leading the Renault-Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance. He is also being tried for using the company's money for his personal use. Ghosn continues to claim he has not done any wrongdoing.
Both Nissan and Mitsubishi were glad that the court sided with their allegations. In a press statement, Nissan said they are pleased the court dismissed Ghosn's claims against NMBV and instead ordered Ghosn to repay the significant amount of money he appropriated unlawfully.
As for Ghosn, a spokesperson representing the former executive said that they will appeal the verdict so that the testimony of witnesses who would support his case could be heard.
Despite no longer being under house arrest in Japan, Ghosn is not yet off the hook when it comes to the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Interpol even put out a 'red notice' for Ghosn, making him a wanted man in countries where the agency has jurisdiction. With more pending cases and fines to be sifted by the judicial courts, Ghosn remains a fugitive in the eyes of the Japanese legal system.
Source: Yahoo! Finance