PARIS—French prosecutors issued international arrest warrants for Carlos Ghosn as well as four individuals they say are linked to an auto dealer in Oman, alleging they helped the fallen auto titan funnel millions of euros from Renault SA, according to people familiar with the matter.
An investigating magistrate issued five international arrest warrants against Mr. Ghosn, the former chief of Nissan Motor Co. and Renault, and the current owners or former directors of the Omani company Suhail Bahwan Automobiles, a vehicle distributor in Oman, the prosecutor’s office in the Paris suburb of Nanterre said to The Wall Street Journal. They allege Mr. Ghosn funneled millions of dollars of Renault funds through the Omani car distributor for his personal use, including for the purchase of a 120-foot yacht.
Mr. Ghosn fled from a trial on charges of financial wrongdoing in Japan to Lebanon while hidden in a musical equipment box.
After escaping, Mr. Ghosn initially welcomed the French investigation, saying that he believed in the French justice system, which would allow him to establish his innocence. A spokeswoman for Mr. Ghosn declined to comment on the arrest warrants.