Former justice minister Rachida Dati has been indicted in an investigation into “fees” she received from the Renault-Nissan automotive alliance between 2010 and 2013.
Rachida Dati was indicted for “passive corruption”, “passive influence peddling” and “abuse of power”, Le Canard Enchaîné and Franceinfo reported on Tuesday. The fees that she received amounted to €900,000, for which she is facing up to 15 years in prison after being charged for a spectrum of embezzlement offences.
The National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) and Rachida Dati could not be reached immediately. Renault also declined a request for comment.
This indictment came as prosecutors investigated financial embezzlement against former Renault-Nissan alliance boss Carlos Ghosn, who fled to Lebanon at the end of 2019 while under house arrest in Japan.
French investigating judges visited the Lebanese capital, Beirut, in May to question Carlos Ghosn, who rejected accusations of embezzlement against him and told Reuters he was ready to initiate proceedings to clear his name.
Rachida Dati, 55, was suspected by prosecutors in 2019 for payments she received from a Dutch firm hired by Renault-Nissan. She was recruited as an adviser to the automotive alliance in 2009, after leaving the Ministry of Justice to take a seat in the European Parliament.
In the past, Rachida Dati has denied any irregularity in the money collected for her consulting activities, while her lawyers have said that the funds were correctly declared.