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Japanese prosecutors question Carlos Ghosn's wife

IANS  |  Tokyo 

The wife of arrested former of Motor and was on Thursday questioned by Japanese public prosecutors in connection with the latest financial misconduct allegations that led to his fresh detention last week.

Carlos Ghosn's wife was interrogated by the prosecutors at the District Court a day after she returned to from France, the couple's lawyers were cited as saying by news.

She denied her involvement or knowledge of any irregularity, her legal representatives told Japanese state broadcaster

had left for on last Friday, a day after her husband was arrested.

Ghosn's wife had been summoned as a witness regarding a fresh accusation presented by the prosecutors against the former concerning a possible aggravated breach of trust that led to his arrest while out on bail.

The prosecutors suspected that the 65-year-old was linked to a series of funds illegally transferred to a distributor based in that may have benefited him.

Ghosn was first arrested on November 19 and released on bail on March 6. He faces three formal charges against him. A fourth was being prepared.

The former has been accused of allegedly under-reporting to the authorities a series of salary compensations he agreed with since 2009 and also of aggravated breach of trust for a series of allegedly irregular payments.

In a video message recorded before his fourth arrest and which was released by his lawyers on Tuesday, Ghosn trashed corruption allegations against him and claimed that he was innocent of all the prosecution charges.

He claimed to be the victim of a conspiracy and back-stabbing by some executives of the Japanese firm over fears that a planned merger of the company with the French would undermine its autonomy.

of Ghosn's legal team told reporters on Wednesday that there were several suspicious elements concerning his recent arrest and there could be an attempt by the prosecutors to pressurize him into making a confession.

According to NHK, it is very rare in for a person to be arrested again after being released on bail.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 19:30 IST
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