Extension of ex-Nissan chief Ghosn's custody approved





Tokyo – A Japanese court on Friday green-lighted the detention of former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn following the rearrest of the 65-year-old over alleged financial improprieties.



The Tokyo District Court decided to allow prosecutors to detain Ghosn until April 14, the court said. Prosecutors can ask the court to extend the detention for a further 10 days.
The arrest was requested by prosecutors on Friday, a day after Ghosn was taken into custody over a new allegation that he was responsible for Nissan sustaining a 5-million-dollar loss.
Ghosn said the arrest, his fourth, was "outrageous and arbitrary."
The 65-year-old, who served as chairman of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Motors alliance, was first arrested on November 19 and has been charged with financial misconduct and breach of trust.
Thursday's arrest came nearly a month after he was released on bail from the Tokyo Detention Centre in early March after 108 days in custody.
Ghosn has denied the charges against him.
Arresting a defendant on bail was an "outrageous act that should not happen in a civilized country," Ghosn’s lawyer Junichiro Hironaka Hironaka told a news conference on Thursday.

 


Friday, April 5th 2019
(dpa)
           


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