Ghosn Calls His Unusual Re-Arrest 'Outrageous'

Ex-Nissan boss is back behind bars
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2019 1:21 AM CDT
Ex-Nissan Boss Is Back Behind Bars
In this April 3, 2019 photo, former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves his lawyer's office in Tokyo.   (Takuya Inaba/Kyodo News via AP)

Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn is back in the Tokyo Detention Center after what legal experts say was a highly unusual re-arrest of somebody out on bail. Ghosn—who was released on $8.9 million bail almost a month ago after 108 days in custody—was detained Thursday on suspicion of misappropriating $5 million in Nissan funds for personal use, the BBC reports. The 65-year-old was first arrested on financial misconduct charges in November. Prosecutors say Ghosn is suspected of diverting funds sent from a Nissan subsidiary to a car dealership in Oman between 2015 and 2018, reports the AP.

Ghosn left his Tokyo residence in a van early Thursday after being visited by more than a dozen officials from the prosecutor's office, according to reports in local media. In a statement, Ghosn slammed his latest arrest as "outrageous and arbitrary," Reuters reports. "It is part of another attempt by some individuals at Nissan to silence me by misleading the prosecutors," he said. "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." The day before the re-arrest, Ghosn promised to reveal the truth about the allegations in a press conference April 11. "I am determined that the truth will come out," Ghosn said in the statement Thursday. "I am confident that if tried fairly, I will be vindicated." (Read more Carlos Ghosn stories.)

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