By on April 4, 2019

Carlos Ghosn

Ousted Renault chief executive Carlos Ghosn, who was also dropped as Nissan and Mitsubishi chairman following his November arrest, seemed to appear on Twitter Wednesday, promising to give readers the straight dope on his situation.

“I’m getting ready to tell the truth about what’s happening,” the inaugural tweet of the verified account stated. “Press conference on Thursday, April 11.”

Well, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. Japanese authorities showed up at Ghosn Tokyo residence last night to re-arrest the fallen industry icon.

It was Thursday morning, Tokyo time, and it seems Ghosn was on the phone with a Fox Business reporter when officials from the prosecutor’s office arrived.


Prosecutors claim Ghosn saddled Nissan with personal expenses to the tune of $5 million over a two-and-a-half-year period ending July 2018. According to Japan’s Kyodo news agency, Ghosn allegedly shifted funds through a dealer in Oman to the account of a company he effectively owned.

The former exec was released on bail on March 6th under very strict conditions. Before that, Ghosn was re-arrested twice for a second count of underreporting his income, plus breach of trust, pushing his stay in a Tokyo detention facility above 100 days.

Speaking through his legal team, Ghosn maintained his innocence, claiming that his most recent arrest is all part of a conspiracy against him, the BBC reports.

“I am innocent of the groundless charges and accusations against me,” Ghosn said, adding that it’s “part of another attempt by some individuals at Nissan to silence me by misleading the prosecutors.”

“Why arrest me except to try to break me? I will not be broken.”

Prosecutors reportedly confiscated the passport and mobile phone of Ghosn’s wife. Via an interview aired on two French TV stations, Ghosn appealed to the French government for help, Reuters reports.

“I call on the French government to defend me, and to defend my rights as a citizen,” Ghosn said.

The former exec’s lawyer, Junichiro Hironaka, called the arrest an attempt to kibosh the planned news conference and muzzle his client. With Ghosn back in jail (for perhaps up to 22 days), the trial expected later this year will likely be pushed back. It will also make it harder for Ghosn’s legal team to secure a “not guilty” verdict.

[Image: Nissan]

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5 Comments on “It Looks Like We’ll Have to Wait for Carlos Ghosn’s Big Tell-all...”

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    SCE to AUX

    Exactly as ect predicted yesterday:

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    So damned silly, arresting someone for stealing tons of money. If he really is living the large life, he’s easy to find; if they really want to punish him, force him to live the small life because he’s afraid to be found.

    Same as drugs. If you suspect someone has a bunch of drugs, and your goal really is to get rid of the drugs and make life hell for drug dealers, then just show up at his home, surround it so he can’t escape, announce you’ll be serving a search warrant in a few hours, and wait …. while he flushes the drugs. Then when you come in, no drugs are found, you leave. Now he owes someone a lot of money for the drugs he flushed, so he’s probably dead soon, and the drugs are gone. And the cops budget is small, the prosecution budget is nil, and there is no expensive incarceration.

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    YOu couldn’t make this stuff up.

    While I am convinced Ghosn is guilty of some of the charges, the repeated re arrests are cruel and unusual punishment by someone who wants to lock Ghosn up throw away the key.

    Seems like he should have kept his Twitter trap shut until after he had concluded his exclusive with Bartiromo. Or maybe that was part of his theater.

    This is just too weird for words.

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    No freedom of speech in Japan – for excessive use of Twitter you can get arrested, and/or impeached, and/or fined by SEC.

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