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Japanese prosecutors to arrest Ghosn on fresh claims of understating income

Sankei daily said prosecutors plan to arrest Ghosn and Kelly on December 10 for the same crime covering the period from 2015 to 2017

Reuters  |  Tokyo 

Carlos Ghosn
Carlos Ghosn

prosecutors plan to on a fresh claim of understating his income, the Sankei newspaper reported on Tuesday, in a move that could keep the former of Motor Co in until the end of the year.

Ghosn has been detained in since his Nov. 19 on suspicion of conspiring with former to understate his compensation by about half of the actual 10 billion yen ($88 million), over five years from 2010. authorities on Friday extended their until the maximum Dec. 10 for the alleged crime.

Citing unnamed sources, said prosecutors plan to Ghosn and Kelly on December 10 for the same crime covering the period from 2015 to 2017, during which the suspects allegedly understated Ghosn's income by about 4 billion yen. If authorities approve the maximum for that case, Ghosn and Kelly would remain in custody until December 30, the paper said.

The Tokyo prosecutors' office declined to comment on the report.

Ghosn has been unable to respond to the allegations, which has said he has denied. Calls to Ghosn's lawyer, Motonari Otsuru, at his office went unanswered.

In Japan, crime suspects can be kept in custody for 10 days and that can be extended for another 10 days if a grants prosecutors' request for an extension. At the end of that period, prosecutors must file a formal charge or let the suspect go.

However, they can also arrest suspects for a separate crime, in which case the process starts over again. This process can be repeated, sometimes keeping suspects detained for months without formal charges and without bail.

First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 06:59 IST