Detained again, Nissan ex-chief Ghosn says latest arrest is 'outrageous'

Detained again, Nissan ex-chief Ghosn says latest arrest is 'outrageous'

Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves his lawyers' offices after he released on bail in Tokyo on March 6, 2019.

Prosecutors arrest Ghosn for suspicion of aggravated breach of trust, NHK said.

Tokyo prosecutors said Ghosn had caused Nissan $5m (€4.4m) in losses over a 2-1/2-year period to July 2018, in breach of his legal duties to the company and with the goal of personal gain.

"Ordinarily, all they would have to do is file another indictment (rather than re-arrest him), so I have no idea why they had to detain him", Junichiro Hironaka, the lead defense lawyer, told reporters in front of his Tokyo office. "I will not be broken", he said, insisting that he is innocent of the claims against him.

Japanese public broadcaster NHK showed Japanese prosecutors entering Ghosn's temporary accommodation in Tokyo early Thursday morning and a auto later going to the prosecutors' office. France's finance minister said Ghosn must have the presumption of innocence and was getting consular protection.

Nissan said it could not comment on judicial decisions or processes.

A spokesman for the Tokyo prosecutors office said he was not aware of any new investigation when contacted by Reuters.

Under the terms of Ghosn's bail he is not allowed to use the internet, although the tweet may have been made on his behalf, as is common with celebrities and other high-profile figures.

Ghosn now faces two separate charges of deferring his salary to the tune of nine billion yen ($81m) and not revealing this in official documents to shareholders.

Nissan is set to hold an extraordinary shareholders' meeting on Monday to remove Ghosn from the board and bring in Renault's new chairman Jean-Dominique Senard as a new member.

The prosecutors defended the move, saying the latest allegations are a new case requiring precautions to prevent Ghosn from destroying evidence.

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Ghosn was a star in the auto industry, having transformed Nissan over two decades from near bankruptcy into one of the largest automakers in the world, allied with Renault and its smaller Japanese partner, Mitsubishi Motors Corp.

Media reports have suggested it concerns alleged improper payments made by the vehicle giant to a dealer in Oman. Chairman Carlos Ghosn, this time in connection with payments the automaker made to a distributor in Oman, sources close to the matter said Wednesday.

It is alleged that some of the money ended up in personal accounts, was used to buy a yacht and went towards investments via his son's firm.

A former Renault and Nissan CEO facing a series of financial misconduct charges was arrested again last night, according to Japanese media.

Mr Ghosn denies any wrongdoing.

Under Japanese law, prosecutors can hold a suspect for 48 hours without charge.

As he been re-arrested, prosecutors can keep Ghosn in detention for 22 days, during which time he can be interrogated without his lawyer present.

Tokyo prosecutors said they will issue a statement soon but declined immediate comment. The company is a co-defendant on the under-reporting of compensation charges. A spokesman had said earlier its own investigation into Ghosn had uncovered "substantial evidence of blatantly unethical conduct".

He was first arrested on November 19 after prosecutors stormed his private jet at a Tokyo airport and took him into custody.

"I am determined that the truth will come out".

"I am confident that if tried fairly, I will be vindicated", he said in the statement Thursday.

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