Nov. 13 (UPI) — A civil lawsuit wherein automaker Nissan is searching for $90 million in damages from former chairman Carlos Ghosn started in Japan Friday.

The case started with an preliminary listening to in Yokohama District Courtroom, Nissan officers mentioned in an announcement.

The automaker filed go well with towards Ghosn in February, saying he made “fraudulent funds” to himself for a residential property with out paying lease, privately used company jets and made funds to his sister and private lawyer in Lebanon.

The go well with is the most recent battle between the Japanese automaker and its fugitive former govt who escaped Japan final 12 months whereas on bond and is now residing in Lebanon.

“Nissan carried out a sturdy and thorough inner investigation that included exterior attorneys,” firm officers mentioned Friday because the trial opened. “The investigation concluded that Ghosn deliberately dedicated critical misconduct.

“The authorized actions initiated right now type a part of Nissan’s coverage of holding Ghosn accountable for the hurt and monetary losses incurred by the corporate because of the misconduct.”

Ghosn argues that he is dedicated no wrongdoing and says Nissan and Japanese prosecutors have conspired towards him.

In an announcement to his web site Friday, Ghosn mentioned the costs are “fabricated.”

“The present Nissan civil lawsuit is an extension to the extraordinarily unreasonable inner investigation with sinister intent by a portion of Nissan’s senior administration and the unreasonable arrests and indictments by the general public prosecutors,” he mentioned.

Ghosn was initially arrested in 2018 for monetary misconduct and was quickly held in custody earlier than fleeing in an elaborate escape to Lebanon final 12 months.

Ghosn, who was later charged with under-reporting his wage at Nissan, can be below investigation in France.