Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn has been re-arrested in Tokyo whereas out on bail pending trial over claims of economic misconduct.
Prosecutors had been constructing a brand new case in opposition to him involving funds to a dealership in Oman, Japanese media mentioned.
In an announcement, Mr Ghosn described the arrest as “outrageous and arbitrary”.
The auto boss, who denies any wrongdoing, was lately launched on bail after 108 days in custody.
Tokyo prosecutors entered Mr Ghosn’s residence earlier than 6:00 native time (GMT 21:00) on Thursday and took him to their workplace on suspicion he had misappropriated Nissan funds for private use, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported.
NHK mentioned it’s uncommon for somebody launched on bail in Japan to be re-arrested.
“I’m harmless of the groundless expenses and accusations in opposition to me,” Mr Ghosn mentioned in an announcement launched by his representatives.
He mentioned the arrest is “a part of one other try by some people at Nissan to silence me by deceptive the prosecutors”.
The transfer is the most recent twist in a case that has attracted world consideration.
Mr Ghosn was the architect of the alliance between Nissan and French carmaker Renault, and introduced Mitsubishi on board in 2016.
The 65-year-old was credited with turning across the fortunes of Nissan and Renault over a number of years.
What expenses does he already face?
Mr Ghosn was first arrested in November and faces three expenses.
He was first charged with underreporting his pay package deal for the 5 years to 2015.
In January, a contemporary cost claimed he understated his compensation for an additional three years and he was additionally indicted on a brand new, extra critical cost of breach of belief.
Mr Ghosn denies all expenses in opposition to him. He was launched on $9m (£6.8m) bail in March.
The auto boss additionally mentioned on Wednesday on a newly created Twitter account that he was planning a press convention on 11 April “to inform the reality about what’s occurring”.
Strain from Renault
The most recent arrest comes as Renault publicly criticised its former star government for the primary time, accusing him of “questionable and hid practices”.
Mr Ghosn solely resigned from the French carmaker in January, whereas Nissan and Mitsubishi eliminated him as chairman shortly after his arrest.
Renault had initially questioned Nissan’s allegations, however carried out its personal inner inquiry.
However on Wednesday, it piled stress on Mr Ghosn when it accused him of “violations of the group’s moral rules”.
The carmaker mentioned it will cease Mr Ghosn’s pension, considered value €765,00zero a yr, including that it reserved the appropriate to carry motion in opposition to him within the courts.
Renault mentioned it had additionally “knowledgeable the French judicial authorities of potential points regarding funds made to one in all Renault’s distributors within the Center East”.