Carlos Ghosn Claims He’s Conspiracy Victim Of “Backstabbing” Colleagues

Former Nissan and Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn has managed to send his first public address since he was arrested late last year.

In a seven-minute video shown to reporters in Tokyo by his legal team, the former executive lashed out at “backstabbing” former colleagues. He says they conspired to take him down as Nissan chairman, threatening the automaker’s future in the process.

Ghosn, who has fresh allegations brought against him on a regular basis, recorded the video the day before he was taken into custody again. The former executive was re-arrested on April 4 after being out on a $9 million bail for 30 days. That came in the wake of Japanese prosecutors’ latest accusations that he used company funds to enrich himself by $5 million.

“This is not about greed or dictatorship, this is about a plot, this is about a conspiracy, this is about backstabbing. I am innocent of all the charges that have been brought against me,” Ghosn says in the video.

The former boss of the Renault Nissan Alliance claims he is the victim of internal rivalries and a Japanese judicial system intent on forcing a confession. No names are pronounced in the video, however, as his team of lawyers had to edit them out due to legal concerns, according to Reuters.

Ghosn believes that the conspiracy to oust him as CEO was provoked by concerns that he would integrate Nissan and Renault on a deeper level.

“There was fear that the next step of the alliance in terms of convergence and in terms of moving toward a merger, would in a certain way threaten some people or eventually threaten the autonomy of Nissan,” he said.

Remarkably for a man that has spent 108 days in a Tokyo detention center, Carlos Ghosn seemed to be more concerned with Nissan’s fate than his own. He called the current lack of leadership “very sickening” and blamed the automaker’s management for three profit warnings and the scandal involving improper vehicle inspections in Japan.

It will be interesting to see what Nissan management’s reaction to Ghosn’s video, which you can watch right below, will be – but this story is definitely far from over.


  • Zed68

    Yeah that’s what you say when you get caught.

  • Jp

    One thing we can say for sure is: if he is lying, he is darn good at it.

  • Six_Tymes

    The executives are railroading him, basically because he can do ALL they’re jobs. He is surrounded by overpaid executives who do nothing.

  • Bo Hanan

    Another entitled (leader???) behaving badly and so out of touch with reality that he thinks he’s the victim.

  • eb110americana

    His charges all concern using corporate funds for his, and his family’s personal expenses. Either he did it, and there is a paper trail somewhere, or he didn’t, and they can blame him all they want, but will never have any kind of case without evidence.

    • exeptor

      Actually his biggest problem is not spending corporate money for himself, but not paying taxes – this triggers everything and is still the main problem for CG. As you’ve said there might be trails somewhere which will make everything clear. I personally think that truth is in the middle – he is guilty (at least for the taxes) and there are people in NIssan who see the current situation as a growth opportunity and nothing is too much.

  • Tan Lee

    I knew it was a coup, Nissan/ Japanese Govn are too corrupt. The truth always gets out. I’ve support CG from the beginning. This video makes me support him even more. I pray he has a fair trial.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      He isn’t going to get a fair trial. There is no due process in Japan.

      Seriously, read about their legal system and how broken it is. They have a 99% conviction rate, that’s absolutely unheard of. NINETY NINE PERCENT CONVICTION RATE!!!!

  • Elmediterraneo

    In the socalist France they’ve been happy to see him jailed without a proof of his guilty only because he’s a « greedy capitalist » that’s how anti-business and anti-entrepreneurs that rotten and marxist country became.

  • Tan Lee

    Ah like when Apple kicked Steve Jobs out then went down hill until he returned. Any company without a visionary is bound to fail because they have no direction.

    Nissan really are pathetic.

  • Andrew Ngo

    I never thought Japanese Legal System is so corrupted. There is a hint of human rights violation for keeping Carlos in jail over and over and over and over again.

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