By on April 5, 2019

Carlos Ghosn is back in jail and a Tokyo court just approved a request by prosecutors to detain him for 10 days of additional questioning. Despite already spending 108 days in prison and scrounging up $9 million for bail a month ago, the court rejected an appeal by the former auto executive’s lawyer to set him free so he can prepare for his financial misconduct case.

This makes it Ghosn’s fourth arrest since November, and has us asking what purpose it serves. 

According to Reuters, the Tokyo District Court said it approved a request by prosecutors to detain Ghosn until April 14th. Ghosn was re-arrested at his Tokyo apartment on Thursday. Prosecutors claim they acted on the suspicion that the former Nissan Motor and Renault head attempted to “enrich himself to the tune of $5 million at Nissan’s expense.”

It’s an odd decision, especially considering it’s not exactly new information, and is likely to place further global scrutiny on the Japanese legal system. Initially, we assumed the court was acting in response to Ghosn’s new Twitter account — which he used as way to profess his innocence. The highly restrictive bail agreement is supposed to prohibit the ex-CEO from accessing the internet.

Ghosn’s last Twitter post indicated he planned to hold a press conference on April 11th in which he would “tell the truth” about what’s been going on. His latest detainment will make that a problem, something his lawyer claims is intentional.

Prosecutors also reportedly confiscated the passport and mobile phone of Mr. Ghosn’s wife during his most-recent arrest. The man himself later appealed to the French government for help. “I call on the French government to defend me, and to defend my rights as a citizen,” he pleaded.

It’s more than a little fishy. However, it is not outside the confines of Japanese law. Prosecutors are allowed another 10 days of detention before they’re required to bring up formal charges or cut suspects loose. But Ghosn has already been charged and the new accusations don’t sound very different from the old ones.

[Images: Nissan]


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12 Comments on “Ghosn Back in Jail, Tokyo Court Approves 10-day Detention...”

  • avatar

    If anyone still has doubts that this is a coup…

  • avatar

    I know most Americans don’t really care about some weird little Franco-Brazilian guy being jerked around by the Japanese government, but I’d really love to know how the U.S. would respond if it was…say…Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerburg in this position.

    At this point, I’d rather the Ghosns smuggle themselves out of the country in a diplomatic pouch, but the Japanese would probably break commonly-recognized protocol just to stop them.

    • 0 avatar
      cimarron typeR

      What’s a Japanese prision like? I’d imagine it’s probably very clean .

      • 0 avatar

        Ever seen “Bridge On The River Kwai”?

      • 0 avatar

        They are EXTREMELY psychologically demanding, and strict disciplinarians (one of my friends was detained for about 30 days recently). He said two people (both Japanese) committed suicide, either while he was there or within the past year (I can’t recall the detail). It’s like Marine Corps boot camp dialed to 11. You have to sleep in a certain position, no deviation. You eat in a certain position, no deviation, no talking whatsoever, etc….everything you do, 24hrs/day, is rigidly controlled…..and extremely uncomfortable. All while being fed a bare minimum of calories.

    • 0 avatar
      cimarron typeR

      What’s a Japanese prison like? I’d imagine it’s probably very clean .

    • 0 avatar

      The difference is that Musk does the opposite – spends his own money and time to support Tesla and SpaceX, he does not steal from Tesla and SpaceX. Same is true about Zack or Jeff. Companies are their baby.

  • avatar

    Japan is upholding their own laws. Global scrutiny means very little, they don’t care and there are no consequences of displeasing the amnesty international types.
    Ghosn has defrauded multiple companies it seems. His pampered wife and kids going on a sympathy tour, because they don’t have free access to a company yet has no impact on me.

    • 0 avatar

      I’m guessing other automakers (and other companies, period) are gonna be a bit cold about any sort of strategic partnerships or mergers like the one between Nissan and Renault. Or at least any execs with an inkling of wrongdoing will stay the heck out of Japan.

      • 0 avatar

        Other automakers will be fine if their executives don’t get paid in funny ways, hiding money and compensation. If they follow widely accepted law and know high priced lawyers don’t get you far, then do business in Japan

  • avatar

    Japan is going all out commy like S. Korea.

    Their stock markets been stagnant for almost 30 yrs.
    Improper govt investments into robotics.
    Large corporations profits, the GPD backbone, losing market share to Korean competitors.
    Overaged population where 60% have blue collar jobs making ramen or driving a cab.
    Lost decade of people growing up into a lost generation.

    Japan’s govt rebuilding it’s country and army via patriostism, aka communism(armistice with Russian islands).

    Ghosn was the first ever non-japanese person to receive honorary citizenship for saving so many Nissan jobs, 10yrs down the road he’s getting the boot out without severance. Japan is taking back what they think is theirs and making a statement about it. Setting an example is how I see it.

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