Tokyo - Japanese prosecutors re-arrested Nissan's ousted chairman Carlos Ghosn on Friday on fresh allegations of making the Japanese car company shoulder $16.6 million (R237m) in personal investment losses, dashing chances that he would be released on bail imminently.
The move comes a day after a Tokyo court unexpectedly rejected prosecutors' request to extend Ghosn's detention, which raised the possibility that he could go free on bail as early as Friday.
The re-arrest means he could be detained for at least another 10 days in a Tokyo jail, where he has been confined since he was arrested last month on initial allegations of financial misconduct.
The Tokyo prosecutor said the new allegations were based on suspicions that around October 2008, Ghosn shifted personal trades to the carmaker so that he could avoid paying for 1.85 billion yen (R237m) in losses.
The dramatic turn of events on Friday came hours after Ghosn, through his lawyer and quoted by Japanese public broadcaster NHK, vowed to restore his good name in court and to hold a news conference after his release.