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Renault Exec Fired In Spy Scandal

Automaker relieving chief operating officer of his duties after audits found 'a chain of failures and dysfunction' led Renault to wrongly suspect three execs.

PARIS (AP) -- Renault says it is relieving its chief operating officer of his duties and beginning dismissal proceedings against three security officers after audits found "a chain of failures and dysfunction" led the car maker to wrongly suspect -- and suspend -- three executives.

The deeply embarrassing cloak-and-dagger affair will see Patrick Pelata, the Renault executive who had accused an "organized, international network" of obtaining information on its flagship electric car program, given another post within the Renault-Nissan alliance.

Renault's statement Monday also said two other executives, including the company's legal counsel, would be removed from their posts pending talks on their future.

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