Renault says sorry over false spy claims

FRENCH carmaker Renault yesterday made a public apology to three executives accused of industrial espionage after the Paris prosecutor said the trio had no case to answer.

Bank accounts in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, alleged to have belonged to the executives and seen as key to the case over Renault’s electric car technology, did not exist, prosecutor Jean-Claude Marin said.

The response of authorities in those countries has enabled the prosecutor “to dismiss a certain number of theories, notably that which was put forward in the initial complaint by the company Renault,” Marin said.

Renault chief executive Carlos Ghosn and chief operating officer Patrick Pelata apologised to the three men following Marin’s comments, pledging to repair the injustice against them after they were fired in January.

Bertrand Rochette, Matthieu Tenenbaum and Michel Balthazard had denied any wrongdoing from the start and have taken legal action against the carmaker.

“They (Ghosn and Pelata) are committed that reparations be made to the three executives, and that their honour in the public eye be restored,” Renault said in a statement.