French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been asked by the lawyers of one of the three executives fired by Renault to intervene in the case. Renault’s case against the three men is disintegrating with the appearance of evidence that the company may have been misled.
The fired officials deny any wrongdoing. In January, Renault filed a legal complaint against them over suspicions of spying at its electric vehicle program. Renault has since admitted it may have been tricked.
It’s expected that in the coming days, we will know the results of the investigations to find out if the three executives had bank accounts in Switzerland or Liechtenstein, a key aspect of the case.
Last Friday, lawyers for Bertrand Rochette said that they are urging Sarkozy and Justice Minister Michel Mercier to demand access to the legal complaint Renault filed in January against persons unknown.
The lawyers claim that Rochette's right to defend himself had been compromised as Renault and French authorities had released information about the case to the public but Rochette did not know exactly what was in the complaint.
The lawyers assert that if they don’t get access to the complaint text, it means that the human rights of Rochette have been violated, implying that this matter will be brought to the European court of Human Rights.