Nissan sues ousted Ghosn for $95 mln in damages

The legal woes of ousted Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn got deeper on Friday (November 13).

A civil trial began in Japan, where his former employer is seeking $95 million in damages.

Ghosn, who also ran French carmaker Renault, has been in Lebanon since January.

He dramatically fled Japan before he was due to stand trial.

The former exec denies any wrongdoing.

Prosecutors who arrested Ghosn two years ago have charged him with hiding $88.6 million in compensation.

As well as enriching himself at Nissan's expense through payments of $5 million to a Middle East car dealership.

In an emailed statement Ghosn said the "Nissan civil lawsuit is an extension to the extremely unreasonable internal investigation with sinister intent by a portion of Nissan’s senior management".

Ghosn, who was represented in court by lawyers, has said he was removed from Nissan to thwart any merger with Renault.

Renault already owns 43% of the Japanese carmaker.

The civil proceeding got underway as the criminal trial of former Nissan executive Greg Kelly continued at a court in Tokyo.

He's accused of helping Ghosn hide his earnings.

Kelly, who has lived in Japan since his release on bail almost two years ago, also denies any wrongdoing.

Meanwhile, Nissan has been drawing back from the business expansion undertaken when Ghosn was at the helm.