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There's apparently new evidence that has surfaced to support Carlos Ghosn's claim that there was a setup to remove him from Nissan. It sheds light on how the rest of Nissan's executive team viewed Ghosn and his plan to increase the integration between Renault and Nissan.


According to Bloomber the Nissan top executives were "motivated in part by opposition to the former chairman’s push for greater integration between the Japanese automaker and long-time alliance partner Renault, the new information reveals."

A chain of email correspondence dating back to February 2018, corroborated by people who asked not to be identified discussing sensitive information, paints a picture of a methodical campaign to remove a powerful executive. The information comes to light as another former Nissan executive and the company itself face a looming trial in Tokyo, and as Japan seeks the extradition of Ghosn, 66, who fled to Lebanon in a daring escape last year.

Alarmed by Ghosn’s pledge in early 2018 to make the alliance between the companies irreversible, senior managers at the Japanese automaker discussed their concern at how the chairman of both Nissan and Renault was taking steps toward further convergence, according to people familiar with discussions at the time

‘Neutralize’ His Initiatives
At the center of those discussions was Hari Nada, who ran Nissan’s chief executive’s office and later struck a cooperation agreement with prosecutors to testify against Ghosn. Nissan should act to “neutralize his initiatives before it’s too late,” Nada wrote in mid-2018 to Hitoshi Kawaguchi, a senior manager at Nissan responsible for government relations, according to the correspondence.
 

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lol, what happened to him happens to lots of ppl in many companies. He had ambitions that weren't in line with the management at Nissan. Seems like he was dictatorial in his role. An irreversible merger is a big no no as I believe Nissan should keep the partnership but always have the rear door unchained just incase Renault are not meeting their end.
 

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If anyone is still following this whole debacle. The trial for Ghosn's former assistant Greg Kelly has started.

 

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Two people who helped Ghosn escape are going to be extradited to Japan.


BOSTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected a last-ditch effort by two men to avoid being extradited to Japan to face charges they helped former Nissan Motor Co Ltd Chairman Carlos Ghosn flee the country.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani in Boston cleared the way for U.S. Army Special Forces veteran Michael Taylor and his son, Peter Taylor, to be handed over to Japan, after the U.S. State Department approved their extradition.

The Taylors’ lawyers had argued they could not be prosecuted in Japan for helping someone “bail jump” and that, if extradited, they faced the prospect relentless interrogations and torture.

Ghosn in a court filing sought to support their claim, arguing he faced prolonged detention, mental torture and intimidation in Japan and the Taylors would face “similar or worse conditions.”

But Talwani said that “although the prison conditions in Japan may be deplorable,” that was not enough to bar extradition and that authorities had established their alleged actions were an “extraditable offense.”

Lawyers for the Taylors quickly moved to appeal. They declined to comment, as did Nissan. Ghosn and the Japanese embassy in Washington did not immediately comment.

The Taylors were arrested in May at Japan’s request. Talwani put their extradition on hold on Oct. 29 so she could hear their challenge to the State Department’s decision.

Prosecutors say the Taylors helped Ghosn flee Japan on Dec. 29, 2019, hidden in a box and on a private jet before reaching his childhood home, Lebanon, which has no extradition treaty with Japan.

Ghosn was awaiting trial on charges that he engaged in financial wrongdoing, including by understating his compensation in Nissan’s financial statements. Ghosn has denied wrongdoing.

Prosecutors said the elder Taylor, a private security specialist, and his son received $1.3 million for their services.
 
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