A Tokyo court approved today to extend until January 11 the arrest of former Nissan Motor President Carlos Ghosn, arrested for crimes related to the declaration of income and an alleged breach of confidence of the company.
The 64-year-old French-Brazilian businessman has been in pretrial detention since November 19 for allegedly concealing from the authorities millionaire income agreed with the company since 2011 and an alleged breach of confidence aggravated by seeking Nissan to assume a series of personal investment losses. .
The extension of the arrest is linked to that last accusation, which in principle was going to keep him in prison until January 1, before the court today approved an extension of 10 days.
The imprisonment of Ghosn has generated criticism abroad in the face of the possibility that the Japanese regulations allow it to be extended indefinitely and because of the particularity of the Japanese system of allowing interrogations without the presence of a lawyer.
About Ghosn weigh to date three arrest warrants, only one of them with formal accusation, for the alleged concealment of income set between 2011 and 2015.
It is pending that the prosecution takes decisions on the second arrest warrant, related to the income fixed between 2015 and 2018, as well as the third order on the breach of trust.
The supposed concealment of Ghosn's remuneration affects some 8,000 million yen (63 million euros or 72 million dollars) between 2011 and 2018, and is also suspected of seeking Nissan to assume millionaire losses from a company of its own by investments with financial derivatives. in the wake of the 2008 crisis.
Along with Ghosn was also arrested the American Greg Kelly, former representative director of Nissan and a close collaborator of the former president who would have helped hide their compensation.
Kelly, who has denied the charges, was released on bail on December 25.