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Two new charges filed against ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn

Carlos Ghosn leaves after the presentation of Renault’s 2016 annual results at their headquarters near Paris on February 10, 2017. (Reuters)

Prosecutors on Friday filed two new sets of charges of financial misconduct against former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, Tokyo District Court said.

The auto tycoon was already facing charges for one allegation of under-reporting his pay, and the new charges accuse him of additional misreporting as well as “aggravated breach of trust” involving company funds.

Lawyers for Carlos Ghosn said Friday they would request bail for the ex-Nissan chief after prosecutors filed two new charges of financial misconduct against him. Motonari Otsuru confirmed that Ghosn had been indicted on the fresh allegations and said he would “shortly request his release on bail.”

Recovered from fever

It was earlier reported that Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn has recovered from a fever, his lawyer Motonari Ohtsuru said Friday as the 64-year-old executive’s latest detention period was set to expire. His wife Carole Ghosn issued a statement overnight out of Paris, expressing concern over his sickness.

“I am pleading with the Japanese authorities to provide us with any information at all about my husband’s health. We are fearful and very worried his recovery will be complicated while he continues to endure such harsh conditions and unfair treatment,” she said.

Doctors at the Tokyo Detention Center had said visits and questioning should be put off to allow Ghosn to rest after he ran a fever of 38.8 C (101.8 F) late Wednesday. Apart from prosecutors, only embassy officials and Ghosn’s lawyers are allowed to visit him.

His detention for suspected breach of trust was set to end later Friday and chances he might be allowed out on bail remained uncertain. Suspects in Japan are routinely held for months until trials start.

New allegations

Prosecutors may come up with new allegations or charge him. On Tuesday, Ghosn, a Brazilian-born Frenchman of Lebanese ancestry, told a Tokyo court he was innocent, in his first public appearance since his Nov. 19 arrest.

The court rejected an appeal by Ghosn’s lawyers for his release from detention, and on Thursday turned down another appeal.

During the hearing Tuesday, Ghosn appeared much thinner than before he was arrested. Earlier, he had asked for more comfortable conditions than are usually provided at the detention center. He was transferred to a bigger room with a Western-style bed, according to Ohtsuru.

Prosecutors say Ghosn underreported his income by about 5 billion yen ($44 million) over five years through 2015. He is also suspected of breach of trust, in having Nissan shoulder investment losses in foreign exchange transactions, and making questionable payments to a Saudi businessman.

Ghosn led Nissan Motor Co. for two decades, salvaging the Japanese automaker from bankruptcy.

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Last Update: Friday, 11 January 2019 KSA 09:12 - GMT 06:12
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