Former Nissan chief Ghosn: 'My arrest this morning is outrageous and arbitrary'

A vehicle believed to be carrying former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn enters the Tokyo Detention House

He had tweeted he would hold a news conference April 11, where he would tell "the truth" on what was unfolding. The agency did not cite any sources. "I don't think (the fresh warrant) would invite worldwide criticism", said Yasuyuki Takai, a lawyer and former prosecutor. The French government has been watching the case closely.

It was not clear where the interview was recorded.

In an interview with French television to be aired later Thursday, Ghosn reiterated he was "combative and innocent" but acknowledged "it's hard".

He said the arrest is "part of another attempt by some individuals at Nissan to silence me by misleading the prosecutors".

"The court granted Mr. Ghosn bail because it judged that there is no fear of flight or destroying of evidence", Hironaka said. He said Ghosn has prepared a video statement to be shared soon if he is unable to leave detention in time for the news conference.

Ghosn, a French citizen born in Brazil, joined Nissan in 1999 and brought the ailing automaker out of its financial difficulties under a capital alliance with Renault.

More than a dozen officials from the Tokyo prosecutor's office visited his residence early today and asked him to submit to questioning, the broadcaster... His first arrest was on November 19th of 2018 because of his dismissal of the charges as "meritless". On the allegation of under-reported compensation at Nissan, he has said it involved payments that were never decided or that were to be paid in the future.

Ghosn's breach-of-trust charge allege that he temporarily shifted 1.85 billion yen ($16.5 million) in personal swap contract losses to Nissan and had Nissan pay $14.7 million out of the CEO Reserve to a business associate who allegedly helped Ghosn clear the red ink.

Ghosn was free for less than a month; he was released on bail March 6.

Ghosn himself has maintained that his prosecution is the result of a corporate coup d'état, made easier by his status as a foreigner, where Nissan executives worked to take him down after they determined the Japanese company was becoming too closely tied with and dependent upon Renault. The fresh arrest opens up the possibility that he will be interrogated again without his lawyer present, as is the norm in Japan. It is rare for prosecutors in Japan to arrest someone who has been released on bail.


"It's uncommon for someone to be re-arrested a month after being granted bail". Ghosn was chairman and chief executive officer - or, CEO - of Renault until his arrest past year.

"Multiple arrests suggest that the prosecutor may be concerned about their chances of winning a guilty verdict".

INTERNAL INVESTIGATION Nissan late past year expanded its internal investigation into possible financial misconduct related to its business in the Middle East, India and elsewhere.

Renault had also announced late Wednesday that a joint Renault-Nissan audit of their Dutch subsidiary RNBV had raised "serious questions" over millions of euros in expenses incurred by Ghosn.

Ghosn has repeatedly denied allegations that he understated his salary by tens of millions of dollars as head of Nissan, and that he used company funds to cover up personal investment losses.

Ghosn denies the allegation.

The allegations in the most recent arrest cover three money transfers from 2015 through a year ago, according to the prosecutors.

Meanwhile, Ghosn's defense team has maintained that in terms of Thursday's arrest, the money transferred to Oman was made at the request of his subordinates and was a permissible payment made to the dealer for his many years of service.

Prosecutors allege that Ghosn then received a portion of those funds for his personal use through a bank account of a third company where his wife works.

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