Carlos Ghosn Arrested Again in Tokyo

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Carlos Ghosn Arrested Again in Tokyo

Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn was rearrested early Thursday in Tokyo on new allegations of financial misconduct, less than a month after he was released on bail.

According to a statement by the prosecutors, Ghosn is suspected of using Nissan funds for personal use, transferring a total sum of $15 million between late 2015 and the middle of 2018.

They suspect $5 million of that amount was used by Ghosn for personal expenditure.

"The suspect was responsible for overseeing the whole of Nissan's operations and performing his duty loyally so as not to cause losses to Nissan, but he betrayed that duty in order to benefit himself," they said in a statement.

Ghosn denied the fresh allegations, describing his arrest as "outrageous" and "arbitrary."

"It is 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," Ghosn said in a statement issued through his representatives.

Ghosn's lawyer, Junichiro Hironaka, that the new arrest was "against the spirit of the law" and "should not be tolerated in a civilized nation."

He added prosecutors had confiscated not only diaries and documents belonging to Ghosn, but also the passport and phone of his wife, Carole.