The Tokyo prosecutor’s office formally accused former Nissan president Carlos Ghosn of not declaring part of his income agreed with the company and of violating the company’s trust, which adds to another charge attributed to him.
The prosecution presented this new indictment before the Tokyo court that is handling the case on the same day as the provisional detention period of Ghosn, who remains under arrest in a prison in the Japanese capital since November 19, expires. Ghosn’s defense, meanwhile, has announced that it will today request bail on the defendant at the end of the provisional detention period that the court had set, according to his team of lawyers in a press release.
The first of the new accusations Ghosn said it had violated Japan’s business regulations by using Nissan Motor to cover a series of personal financial losses during the 2008 crisis and payments made to a Saudi businessman, the court said in a statement. The prosecution also accuses Ghosn, Nissan and Gregg Kelly, another senior executive of the firm, had not declared part of the compensations received by the maximum responsible for the company between March 2015 and March 2018, a period that covers the last three fiscal years of Japan.
This is added to the formal accusation for this same offense in the period between March 2011 and 2015, which has already been processed by the Tokyo court last December. The amounts allegedly not declared by the French-Brazilian entrepreneur to the Japanese authorities amount to about 9,000 million yen (72 million euros / 83 million dollars) within eight years, according to the documentation presented by the prosecution.