Japan court says Carlos Ghosn detention extended until April 22

Kenny Grant
April 14, 2019

The detention of Nissan's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn was approved through April 22 on Friday, allowing prosecutors to interrogate him daily on fresh allegations of financial misconduct.

The three carmakers said last month they would establish the new body and operate it in a "consultative" manner after criticizing the previous management structure, where power was concentrated in Ghosn's hands.

Japanese media have reported that some of the money from the Oman dealership may have gone to a company, Beauty Yachts, run by Ghosn's wife Carole, while other money may have gone to a US -based startup called Shogun, owned by Ghosn's son. The scandal also remains a troubling distraction.

Yesterday, Ghosn's wife Carole, who had left for France after Ghosn's latest arrest, returned for questioning at a Tokyo court.

His lengthy detention has sparked some criticism of the Japanese justice system, derided by some as "hostage justice" as suspects can be held for a long time without formal charges.

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Ghosn has been charged with falsifying financial documents in underreporting his compensation, and with breach of trust in using Nissan money for dubious payments. Details have not been disclosed, but Japanese media reports say some of the Oman money may have gone to a company run by her.

In a video recorded on April 3 and broadcast this week, Carlos Ghosn once again proclaims his innocence, claiming to be the victim of a "conspiracy", a "betrayal" of a small team of Nissan leaders who wanted to fall to try to prevent a merger project with his ally Renault.

His lawyers immediately appealed the decision but the Tokyo District Court rejected the appeal. Nissan shareholders approved Ghosn's ouster from the board this week, and tapped Senard in his place.

FILE - This Friday Sept. 15, 2017 file photo shows the logo of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance during a press conference in Paris.

Once celebrated as a saviour of a near-bankrupt Nissan 20 years ago, Ghosn has been ousted as chairman of Nissan, Renault SA and Mitsubishi Motors Corp since his arrest, jeopardising the auto-making alliance he masterminded.

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