Carlos Ghosn To Reportedly Get Re-Arrested, Remain In Detention Until December 30

When Japanese authorities arrested former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn on November 19, prosecutors asked for the maximum detention time of 10 days.

After the initial period expired, prosecutors asked for a 10-day extension. As a result, the executive’s release was expected to take place on December 10. That might not happen, though, as a new report from Japan claims Ghosn’s detention will be extended until the end of the year.

The Sankei newspaper cited unnamed sources who claimed Tokyo prosecutors plan to arrest Carlos Ghosn again on a fresh claim of underreporting his income. If the report cited by Reuters is accurate and authorities approve the maximum detention for that case, the former chairman of Nissan would remain in custody until December 30.

Initially, the Brazilian-born businessman was arrested on suspicion of conspiring with former Nissan Representative Director Greg Kelly to understate his compensation from 2010 to 2014. Prosecutors said Ghosn hid about half of the actual 10 billion yen ($88 million) he received as pay.

The fresh charges reportedly cover the same crime committed from 2015 to 2017, when the suspects allegedly underreported Ghosn’s income by about 4 billion yen ($35.4 million). The former executive hasn’t been able to respond to the allegations, although public broadcaster NHK said he denied them. The Tokyo prosecutors’ office declined to comment on Sankei’s report.

Under Japan’s laws, crime suspects can be kept in custody for 10 days and the period can be extended for another 10 days if a judge approves a request from a prosecutor. At the end of the period, prosecutors must file a formal charge or let the suspect go.

However, prosecutors can arrest the same suspects again for a separate crime, in which case the process is repeated. It’s not uncommon for suspects to remain in detention for months without formal charges and without bail.

  • Mr. EP9

    So apparently now they’re looking into his finances for the 2015-2017 fiscal year. And I heard he concealed $79 million in compensation over eight years and transferred $8.8 million in personal loss to Nissan’s books. If true, as I said previously, it’s going to make for one hell of a court case for both him and Greg Kelly.

  • Liam Paul

    so on dec 30, they could come back and say he drop trash on the ground too and be held another 10 days. also 88 million dollars? wtf and how much does a nissan worker in a factory make, that is just wrong

  • SEEMS A BIT EXCESSIVE.
    IT’S NICE THAT THEIR JAIL SYSTEM CAN ACCOMMODATE NON VIOLENT CRIMINALS.

  • Andrew Ngo

    Under declared income penalty is fine. Why is he arrested without bail? Japan is acting like 3rd world countries.

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