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Nissan to continue legal action against Ghosn after escape

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. said it will continue to take appropriate legal action against former Chairman Carlos Ghosn after the former executive escaped from house arrest in Tokyo and fled to Lebanon.

Ghosn is now the subject of an Interpol red notice, according to Reuters.

Ghosn, who also formerly led Nissan's automotive alliance partners Renault SA and Mitsubishi Motors Corp., had been detained in Japan since November 2018 over allegations of financial misconduct.

According to media reports, Ghosn fled Japan and arrived in Lebanon on Dec. 29, 2019. Ghosn released a statement shortly after, saying: "I have not fled justice — I have escaped injustice and political persecution."

In its statement, Nissan echoed the Japanese public prosecutor's office in saying Ghosn violated his bail conditions when he left Japan.

"Nissan finds it extremely regrettable," the Japanese carmaker said. "The company will continue to take appropriate legal action to hold Ghosn accountable for the harm that his misconduct has caused to Nissan."

It also reiterated its previous statements alleging that Ghosn is accountable for "various acts of misconduct ... including misstatement of his compensation and misappropriation of the company's assets for his personal benefit."