Amid the recent internal probe carried out by Nissan into the Carlos Ghosn scandal, the lawyers hired for the French carmaker Renault, have criticised their Japanese alliance partner in the way it handled the situation, a French Sunday newspaper has reported.
The lawyers said they had "serious concerns about the methods used" by the company and its legal team, in a letter to Nissan dated January 19th, including the way they treated some Renault employees, according to France's Le Journal du Dimanche.
The former head of the Nissan-Renault alliance, Ghosn is being held in Japan on charges he under-reported millions of dollars in pay as head of Nissan.
"Renault has gathered sufficient evidence to understand and regret the methods used by Nissan and its lawyers to seek interviews with Renault employees through the Japanese public prosecutor's office," they stated.
However, Nissan was seeking "evidence to support allegations against Ghosn after his arrest" and did not consult its French partner," according to the newspaper.
The firm also tried to search Ghosn's apartments in Brazil, Lebanon, and the Netherlands without informing Renault, the letter added.
A Nissan spokesperson told AFP on Sunday February 10 that the letter, which they received weeks ago has "already been reviewed and fully addressed in a series of verbal and written responses from Nissan's external attorneys."
"The communications in question do not reflect the current state of discussions with Renault and its lawyers," said Nissan spokesperson Nicholas Maxfield.
"Nissan...has always welcomed an open and direct dialogue with its partners to help uncover relevant facts," he added.