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The Latest: Tokyo Detention Center Confirms Ghosn Is inside

The Latest: Tokyo Detention Center Confirms Ghosn Is inside

Thursday, 04 April 2019 01:37 AM

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the criminal case against Nissan's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn (all times local):

1 p.m.

A Tokyo detention center has confirmed that former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn has been already detained inside the facility following arrest over his latest allegations.

Tokyo Detention House official Takao Sekihara confirmed Ghosn was inside Thursday afternoon.

Tokyo prosecutors said Ghosn's latest arrest was based on suspicion he diverted $5 million from funds that were being relayed from a Nissan subsidiary to a dealership abroad.

The arrest comes barely a month after Ghosn's release on bail from the earlier arrests related to alleged financial misconduct while he led the Japanese automaker.

An investigation by Nissan Motor Co.'s French alliance partner Renault has centered on payments to a dealership in Oman in which some of the money is suspected of having been channeled for Ghosn's personal use.

Ghosn insisted on his innocence in a statement.

11:30 a.m.

Tokyo prosecutors say the latest arrest of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn was based on suspicion he diverted $5 million from funds that were being relayed from a Nissan subsidiary to an overseas dealership.

TV footage Thursday morning showed officials entering Ghosn's apartment, and a car later going to the prosecutors' office, barely a month after Ghosn was released on bail from the earlier arrests related to alleged financial misconduct while he led the Japanese automaker.

In a statement Ghosn strongly declared his innocence. He was first arrested in November on charges of under-reporting his compensation.

The prosecutors said the diverted money is suspected of going to a company Ghosn virtually ran. The statement issued Thursday did not mention Oman. But an investigation by Nissan Motor Co.'s French alliance partner Renault has centered on payments to a dealership in Oman in which some of the money is suspected of having been channeled for Ghosn's personal use.

10 a.m.

Nissan's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn says he has been arrested a fourth time by Tokyo prosecutors investigating him for alleged financial misconduct.

The prosecutors said they will issue a statement soon but declined immediate comment. Japanese TV footage showed officials entering Ghosn's apartment in Tokyo on Thursday morning, and a car later going to the prosecutors' office.

Ghosn declared his innocence and had strong words about his detention in a statement issued by his family's spokesman. The spokesman would not be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter.

It said: "My arrest this morning is outrageous and arbitrary. It is part of another attempt by some individuals at Nissan to silence me by misleading the prosecutors. 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."

Ghosn was first arrested in November and twice in December, each one prolonging his pretrial detention.

7:20 a.m.

Japanese prosecutors have taken Nissan's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn for questioning barely a month after he was released on bail ahead of his trial on financial misconduct charges.

Japanese TV footage showed officials entering Ghosn's apartment in Tokyo Thursday, and a car later going to the prosecutors' office.

He may face what will be his fourth arrest under Japanese law. He was first arrested in November on charges of under-reporting his compensation. He was re-arrested twice in December, including on breach of trust charges. The arrests prolong detentions without trial.

The latest charge appears to be related to the investigation by Nissan Motor Co.'s French alliance partner Renault about payments in Oman to a major dealership, some of which is suspected of having been channeled for Ghosn's personal use.

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