Sunday , January 29 2023

Nissan Carlos Gosn was again arrested for new charges


Japanese prosecutors have again arrested the unsettled chairman of Nissan Motor Co Ltd, Carlos Ghosn, in November of new charges that Nissan will invest $ 16.6 million in losses in private investment, thus eliminating the chances that it will be released immediately on bail.

The move comes one day after a court in Tokyo unexpectedly rejected the prosecutor's motion to extend Ghosn's detention, which increased the possibility that he could be released on bail Friday.

Re-arresting means he could detain for at least another ten days in jail in Tokyo, where he was detained since he was arrested last month for initial allegations of financial misbehavior.

The Tokyo prosecutor said that the new allegations are based on suspicions that around October 2008, Ghosn crossed his personal affairs to a car manufacturer, so he could avoid paying 1.85 billion yen ($ 16.6 million) in losses.

His lawyer, Motonari Otsuru, was not available for comment. The lawyer earlier refused to make a call on the Ghosn case.

The Tokyo court said in a statement that lawyer Greg Kelly, who was arrested along with Ghosn, requested the release of former deputy Ghosn. The extension of the Kelija detention was rejected along with Ghosn.

The dramatic turn of events was hours after Ghosn, through his lawyer and quoted by the Japanese public broadcaster NHK, promised to return his good name to court and hold a press conference after his release.

"The things that stand are absolutely unacceptable," he said. "I want to hear my position and return my destiny to court."

Ghosn was arrested early on November 19 for allegedly beaten his revenue by about half a year in a five-year period from 2010. He was later indicted for the same alleged crime covered over the past three years.

The crew of the television camera gathered in front of the prison in Tokyo on Friday morning, hoping to see Ghosn was released.

The Ghosn case was subject to international oversight of the Japanese criminal justice system and caused criticism for some of its actions, including keeping detainees in custody for a long time and banning defenders from being present during the hearing, which can last eight hours a day.

Ghosno's arrest marked a dramatic drop in the leader when he wanted to rescue Nissan from the edge of bankruptcy.

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance also shook, and Nissan's chief executive Hiroto Saikava called for changes to weaken Renault SA control.

(Report Kiioshi Takenaka, Ritsuko Ando, ​​Tim Kelly, Linda Sieg, Writing Ritsuko Ando, ​​Editing by Alison Villiams and Christopher Cushing)

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