PARIS — Former L’Oréal chairman Lindsay Owen-Jones is fighting back against accusations of active and passive corruption, aggravated laundering, misappropriation of corporate funds and breach of trust lodged in a complaint in the prosecutor’s office here earlier this month by Janez Mercun, a L’Oréal shareholder, and his Swiss distribution company, Temtrade.
The plaintiffs accuse Owen-Jones of setting up a parallel distribution channel in Russia in 1996. Owen-Jones’ lawyer Jean Veil said the former L’Oréal chairman on Friday filed two separate complaints: one against Mercun for false accusation, and the second against French daily 20 Minutes and Frédérik-Karel Canoy, the lawyer representing Mercun and Temtrade, for defamation. Veil claims Canoy accused Owen-Jones of having links with the Russian mafia.
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