French justice arrives in Japan to investigate Ghosn allegations

French judicial authorities are said to be in Japan to investigate allegations that former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn misappropriated funds from the company’s French partner, Renault, for his personal use. Renault was also led by Ghosn.

French media report that those responsible, including an investigating judge, arrived in Japan on Saturday. They are expected to remain in the country until Friday to consider questions, such as whether relevant officials knew about the alleged abuse.

Investigations are part of a preliminary process to determine whether the case should go to court.

An internal Renault investigation alleges Ghosn was involved in questionable payments from the French automaker to a car dealership in Oman.

French media estimate that Ghosn and others received 15 million euros, or around $15.6 million, from the suspicious payments.

French judicial authorities had issued international arrest warrants for Ghosn and four other individuals linked to the Omani concessionaire. They had also questioned Ghosn in Lebanon, where he fled after skipping bail in Japan in 2019.

Ghosn was originally arrested in Japan in 2018 and charged with financial misconduct.