Carlos Ghosn, former Nissan chairman, Is arrested on new allegations
Apr 04, 2019 (Agencia EFE via COMTEX) —
Tokyo, Apr 4 (efe-epa).- Former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested again in Tokyo early Thursday over new suspicions of financial misconduct less than a month after he was released on bail, according to a Dow Jones report supplied to EFE.
Prosecutors descended on Mr. Ghosn’s Tokyo apartment in an early-morning move and said he was arrested on suspicion of breach of trust, meaning abuse of his position at Nissan for personal gain.
Prosecutors said they suspected that on several occasions between 2015 and 2018, Mr. Ghosn arranged for a company he personally controlled to receive a portion of money that Nissan sent to an overseas distributor. Of a total $15 million sent by Nissan to the distributor, Mr. Ghosn is suspected of personally receiving $5 million, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors didn’t name the distributor or the country, but people familiar with the matter said earlier this week Nissan has investigated whether Mr. Ghosn funneled millions of dollars in company funds through a distributor in Oman, Suhail Bahwan Automobiles, for personal use. Nissan investigated whether the Omani company helped Mr. Ghosn obtain a yacht and whether it helped fund an investment company partly owned by Mr. Ghosn’s son, they said.
“My arrest this morning is outrageous and arbitrary,” Mr. Ghosn said in a statement released by a representative Thursday. “Why arrest me except to try to break me? I will not be broken. I am innocent of the groundless charges and accusations against me.”
Earlier in the week, a lawyer for Mr. Ghosn, Jean-Yves Le Borgne, said of the Oman allegations: “There is nothing here that can be criticized. These are normal payments linked to business.”
Mr. Ghosn was