Tokyo (dpa) - Japanese carmaker Nissan said on Wednesday that it had filed a civil lawsuit against ousted chairman Carlos Ghosn, seeking 10 billion yen (91 million dollars) in damages.

The financial damages are linked to "Ghosn's breach of fiduciary duty as a company director and his misappropriation of Nissan's resources and assets," Japan's second-largest car manufacturer said.

The claim for damages has been calculated on the basis of costs incurred due to "Ghosn and his corrupt practices over many years," it said.

"The size of the damages claim is expected to increase in future as Nissan seeks to recover fines to be paid to the Japanese Financial Services Agency and likely penalties imposed on the company in criminal proceedings related to Ghosn's misconduct," it added.

Ghosn, who once led the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Motors alliance, fled Japan for Lebanon in late December in a daring escape that surprised even his lawyers. Lebanon has no extradition treaty with Japan.

Ghosn was arrested in November 2018 and has been charged with breach of trust and falsifying financial documents to understate his income. He spent a total of 130 days in Japanese detention.

He says he fled "injustice and persecution."

At a news conference held in Beirut last month, Ghosn accused some Nissan executives of being behind his arrest as they wanted to stop him from seeking a merger with Renault, which they feared could erode the Japanese carmaker's independence.

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## Internet links - (Nissan statement)(http://dpaq.de/YQVFK)

120840 GMT Feb 20

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