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Dutch court orders Ghosn to repay Nissan-Mitsubishi $6 million

AMSTERDAM — A Dutch court on Thursday ordered fugitive former car executive Carlos Ghosn to repay Nissan and Mitsubishi almost 5 million euros ($6.1 million) in wages he received from their Dutch registered joint venture Nissan-Mitsubishi BV in 2018.

Nissan and Mitsubishi, which ousted Ghosn as chairman of their companies and of their joint venture after his arrest for financial misconduct in 2018, claimed Ghosn had wrongly granted the wages to himself.

The Dutch case is one of many between Ghosn and the Japanese companies he once led.

Ghosn claims the companies violated Dutch labor laws when they dismissed him and is demanding 15 million euros ($18.3 million) as compensation for missed wages and severance payments.

But Nissan and Mitsubishi say Ghosn only used the Amsterdam-based JV to inflate his own pay and to cover a personal tax debt and are demanding he repays around 8 million euros ($10 million) in wages they say he granted himself without the knowledge of the boards of the holding companies.

The former chairman of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, including concerning the way he was compensated.

Ghosn was chairman of both Nissan and Mitsubishi and CEO of Renault when he was arrested in Japan in 2018 on charges of financial misconduct, including underreporting his salary and using company funds for personal purposes.

He fled to Lebanon in December 2019 hidden on a private jet that flew out of Kansai Airport, and has remained there since then.

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