The former guard of the Seals Rachida Dati was placed on the night from Thursday to Friday under the intermediate status of witness assisted in the investigation into counseling services with Carlos Ghosn, AFP learned from the National Financial Prosecutor‘s Office (PNF), confirming a source close to the file.
Summoned Thursday for a prosecution for “passive bribery”, “passive influence trafficking” and “conceal of abuse of power”, the former minister finally emerged from the office of judges under the more favourable status of assisted witness.
“Ms. Rachida Dati was placed as an assisted witness because she demonstrated to the investigating judges that she had worked as a lawyer between 2009 and 2012 for the Renault-Nissan alliance,” said Mr. Olivier Pardo, one of her lawyers to AFP.
Since the summer of 2019, three investigating judges have been commissioned to investigate contracts concluded by the Dutch subsidiary of the Renault-Nissan alliance, RNBV, with the current mayor of the 7th arrondissement of Paris and criminologist Alain Bauer, when Carlos Ghosn was still CEO of the automobile group.
According to a source close to the file, Mrs Dati, who denies any irregularity, has received 900,000 euros in fees as a lawyer between 2010 and 2012. Alain Bauer allegedly received €1 million between 2012 and 2016 for consulting activities.
A preliminary investigation in this case had previously been initiated by the PNF, following a complaint lodged on 17 April 2019 by a shareholder of Renault. This complaint involved Rachida Dati, Alain Bauer, but also Carlos Ghosn and his wife.
The complainant’s lawyer, Jean-Paul Baduel, then referred to “suspicions” about the “inconsiderate use of Renault funds” by its former CEO. “The contracts are doubtful in terms of their amounts, made for the benefit of a subsidiary with no employees,” he had insured.
By CCEiT (AFP source)