Carlos Ghosn was again charged in Japan on charges of embezzlement by Nissan on Monday. He immediately applied for bail.
The Tokyo court has confirmed the fourth indictment of the former CEO of Renault-Nissan, for aggravated breach of trust, after his custody, which triggers a new period of pre-trial detention.
Since his re-arrest on 4 April at his home in Tokyo, barely a month after leaving prison, the illustrious 65-year-old suspect was questioned about money transfers from the Japanese group, to a distributor of builder in Oman.
In total, $ 5 million of the transferred funds were used for personal enrichment, according to the prosecutor’s office.
In a statement, Nissan announced a lawsuit, “demanding sanctions of appropriate severity” in the face of “a totally unacceptable fault”.
In the opinion of the experts, these are the most serious elements that are blamed on the former magnate of the automobile, five months after the initial arrest that sealed his fall on 19 November in the Japanese capital.
According to sources close to the case, this money was injected via a company in Lebanon into a fund controlled by his son Anthony in the United States, Shogun Investments LLC.
Other companies “empty shells” have been identified over a period going back further.
Part of this money would have also contributed to the purchase of a luxury boat, costing 12 million euros, called “Shachou” (pronounced “Shatcho”, boss in Japanese).
The wife of Carlos Ghosn was heard on this subject by the Japanese courts, as the head of the company “Beauty Yachts”, registered in the British Virgin Islands, which carried out the transaction.
Carole Ghosn had already spoken since the beginning of the case to denounce the conditions of detention of her husband and has intensified his offensive in the media in recent weeks, calling on the highest political authorities.
Ghosn was accused of trying to have the builder cover losses on personal investments during the 2008 crisis.
He was released on 6 March after 108 days in Kosuge detention center (north of Tokyo) – where he is again incarcerated – on bail of one billion yen (8 million euros).
He was then placed under house arrest, against the advice of the prosecution, because the court had ruled out the risk of destruction of evidence and escape. A situation that, according to his lawyers, has not changed and could justify a new release pending his trial, which is not planned for several months.
He will have to pay a second deposit.