PARIS -- Carlos Ghosn, the former head of Renault and Nissan, said he was "surprised" to learn that French prosecutors had issued an international arrest warrant for him.
"This is surprising, Ghosn has always co-operated with French authorities," a spokesperson for Ghosn told Reuters on Friday.
The spokesperson was reacting after the The Wall Street Journal and French media reported that French prosecutors had issued international arrest warrants for Ghosn.
Five international arrest warrants for Ghosn and the current owners or former directors of the Omani company Suhail Bahwan Automobiles, a vehicle distributor in Oman, were issued by the investigative judge, the Nanterre prosecutor’s office confirmed on Friday.
Prosecutors allege that Ghosn funneled millions of dollars of Renault funds through the Omani car distributor for his personal use, including for the purchase of a luxury yacht and to pay for a lavish party he threw at the Versailles palace in 2014.