By Marcelo Rochabrun
SAO PAULO (Reuters) – The battle between Nissan Motor Co Ltd (T:7201) and its ousted Chairman Carlos Ghosn in Brazil’s courts escalated on Thursday after the Japanese carmaker sued his sister alleging “unjust enrichment” and his lawyers alleged Nissan could have planted evidence.
In the afternoon, Nissan faced a setback in its battle to secure the contents of a beachfront apartment in Rio that Ghosn used when he ran the company and which it says may contain evidence of wrongdoing. An appellate judge ruled that Ghosn or his daughter must be allowed into the apartment for 24 hours to retrieve personal belongings.
Brazilian-born Ghosn was arrested last month and indicted this week in Japan for allegedly underreporting his income. Nissan also alleges he diverted company funds to pay for personal expenses. He has been held in a Japanese court since his arrest.
The Rio apartment has become the center of a side battle to the case being fought in Japan. Nissan says it has found three safes there that could contain evidence of Ghosn’s alleged crimes.
Ghosn and his daughter, however, have sued to retrieve what they say are personal items, such as “photographs, jewelry, watches and books.”