Carlos Ghosn arrested in Japan on fresh misconduct charges

Former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves his lawyer's office in Tokyo Japan in this

After his first arrest, Ghosn was repeatedly denied bail and, as is traditional in Japan, was not permitted to be accompanied by a lawyer while being interrogated.

On the morning of March 4, prosecutors entered Ghosn's Tokyo residence, where he was forced to stay as a bail condition, and then required him to come with them. He was released on bail just a month earlier.

Ghosn himself called the arrest "outrageous and arbitrary".

In a statement to the media after his arrest, Ghosn said: "My arrest this morning is outrageous and arbitrary". Speaking about the renewed detention, he said, "I feel this is hostage justice".

"I am innocent. It's hard, I have to admit it, and I call on the French government to defend me, and to defend my rights as a citizen", Ghosn, who holds French, Lebanese and Brazilian citizenship, said in an interview aired on Thursday with French TV stations TF1 and LCI.

Ghosn denies the allegation. Their statement said the money is suspected of going to a company Ghosn virtually ran.

"As a result of our investigation, we have a new case in which he must be detained, and we have appropriately obtained an arrest warrant from the court", he said. He was arrested twice in December on other charges, including transferring $16 million of his personal investment losses to the Japanese carmaker. All told, Nissan lost $5 million between 2015 and 2018.

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire stressed Ghosn "should benefit from the presumption of innocence and consular protection" in an interview with BFMTV French television station. The companies where the money was transferred to, the motives, and the alleged scheme are all different, he said.

A lawyer, another acquaintance, was involved in setting up and operating the company, the sources said.

Mr Ghosn's sudden emergence on Twitter - which in 24 hours garnered nearly 43,000 followers before he was re-arrested on Thursday - has raised questions about whether the former Nissan boss violated the strict terms of his $9 million bail, which his lawyer has denied.

He faces new charges related the original allegations of financial misconduct that landed him in a Japanese jail cell for months.

"This goes against what is defined by law". Such detentions have been criticized as "hostage justice" meant to get confessions. "Press conference on Thursday, April 11", said the tweet, sent in English and then Japanese.

He added that Ghosn had prepared a video statement if he is unable to leave detention by April 11. The company is a co-defendant on the under-reporting of compensation charges.

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

Hironaka said this would not be a fair trial as Nissan has effectively sided with the prosecutors by providing them with documents they say show further malpractice. Officers reportedly confiscated the passport and mobile phone of Ghosn's wife, who is not a suspect in the case, but was with him at the time of the arrest. Prosecutors would not comment when asked. Carlos Ghosn has been widely regarded as one of most influential and powerful people in the global auto industry.

He was sacked as Nissan chairman and is expected to remove him from the board at an extraordinary shareholders' meeting slated for Monday.

According to Auto News, national broadcaster NHK reported that Ghosn was arrested and charged with breach of trust by prosecutors.

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