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Nissan ousted chairman Ghosn files complaint over extended detention

Ghosn was officially charged on Monday. He was also re-arrested on fresh allegations of understating his income for three more years through March 2018

Reuters  |  Tokyo 

Carlos Ghosn
Carlos Ghosn

Carlos Ghosn, the ousted of Motor, has filed a complaint against a court decision to extend his detention following his re-arrest on fresh allegations of financial misconduct, the District Court said on Tuesday.

Ghosn was arrested on Nov. 19 on suspicion of conspiring to understate his compensation by about half of the actual 10 billion yen ($88 million) awarded over five years from 2010. He has been held in a jail since then for questioning.

Ghosn was officially charged on Monday. He was also re-arrested on fresh allegations of understating his income for three more years through March 2018, with the District Court approving his detention until Dec. 20.

From indictment, cases typically take months to go to trial, during which most suspects who deny wrongdoing are refused bail.

Ghosn's in Tokyo, Motonari Otsuru, could not be reached at his office for comment.

Nissan, which fired Ghosn as days after his arrest, has said the misconduct was masterminded by the with the help of former Greg Kelly, who was also indicted on Monday. Kelly will also remain detained until Dec. 20, the district court said.

Ghosn's arrest marks a dramatic fall for a leader once hailed for rescuing from the brink of bankruptcy.

The has been treated like others in detention, held in a small, chilly room, with limited opportunities to shower and shave, a person familiar with the matter has said.

Asked about criticism that Japanese prosecutors often try to force confessions from suspects, at the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office, Shin Kukimoto, has said no such method was being used with Ghosn and Kelly.

First Published: Tue, December 11 2018. 12:43 IST
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