Tokyo prosecutors plan to arrest Carlos Ghosn on a fresh claim of understating his income, the Sankei newspaper reported on Tuesday, in a move that could keep the former Nissan chairman in detention until the end of the year.
Ghosn has been detained in Tokyo since his November 19 arrest on suspicion of conspiring with former Nissan Representative Director Greg Kelly to understate his compensation by about half of the actual 10 billion yen (R1.2bn), over five years from 2010. Tokyo authorities on Friday extended their detention until the maximum December 10 for the alleged crime.
Citing unnamed sources, the Sankei daily said prosecutors plan to arrest Ghosn and Kelly on December 10 for the same crime covering the period from 2015 to 2017, during which the suspects allegedly understated Ghosn's income by about 4 billion yen. If authorities approve the maximum detention for that case, Ghosn and Kelly would remain in custody until December 30, the paper said.
The Tokyo prosecutors' office declined to comment on the report.
Ghosn has been unable to respond to the allegations, which public broadcaster NHK has said he has denied. Calls to Ghosn's lawyer, Motonari Otsuru, at his office went unanswered.