Ghosn's wife appears in Tokyo court over misuse of Nissan funds

Marco Green
April 11, 2019

The wife of former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn has returned to Japan where she is to be questioned by prosecutors about her husband's alleged financial misconduct, the couple's lawyer said Wednesday.

Ghosn, who has fresh allegations brought against him on a regular basis, recorded the video the day before he was taken into custody again. The former executive was re-arrested on April 4 after being out on a $9 million bail for 30 days.

Japanese authorities are investigating claims that Carlos Ghosn siphoned off around $5 million of Nissan funds for his personal use.

Ghosn then went on to his main point: that he was arrested "not about specific events" or "dictatorship", but because of "backstabbing" and a "conspiracy" by senior management.

He said in a video played Tuesday that he was innocent of all charges against him.

The former CEO said these people were fearful for Nissan's autonomy as part of the "convergence" of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and possible merger with Renault.

Ghosn's second stint at the Tokyo detention center comes after he served 108 days following his first arrest previous year.

Lambasting the Alliance's newfound desire for consensus, Ghosn said this was "not a vision for an industry as competitive as the vehicle industry" and "from time to time that leadership is exercised, and leadership means we do what's good for the company not for what you are capable to agree on".

Carlos Ghosn was arrested in November and charged with falsifying financial documents and breach of trust while leading the Japanese automaker.

The case has rocked the global auto industry and also shone a harsh light on Japan's judicial system, which critics refer to as "hostage justice" as defendants who deny their charges are often not granted bail.

The lawyer said on Tuesday that Ghosn's wife, who left Japan last week, did so out of concern for her own safety, adding she meant to ask the French government to help her husband. However, the latest allegation is potentially more serious, as it could show he used company funds for his own purposes.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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