Tokyo - Japanese prosecutors indicted former Nissan Motor Co Chairman Carlos Ghosn on Monday on a charge of aggravated breach of trust, a Tokyo court said, bringing a fourth charge against him on the day his detention period was set to expire.
Ghosn's lawyers filed a request for bail shortly after the latest indictment, which comes after authorities arrested him on April 4 for the fourth time, on suspicion he enriched himself by a total of $5 million at Nissan's expense.
Ghosn, who faces three other charges including understating his income, has denied all allegations against him and said he is the victim of a boardroom coup. Nissan on Monday said it had filed a criminal complaint against the former chairman, saying it had determined that some of its overseas payments had been ordered by Ghosn for his personal enrichment.
The payments were "not necessary from a business standpoint", Nissan said in a statement, adding: "Such misconduct is completely unacceptable, and Nissan is requesting appropriately strict penalties."
Prosecutors were due to hold a briefing and Ghosn's lawyers were also due to speak to reporters on Monday.