Former Nissan-Renault chief Carlos Ghosn has been re-arrested in Tokyo whereas out on bail pending trial over claims of monetary misconduct.
Prosecutors had been constructing a brand new case towards him involving funds to a seller in Oman, Japanese media stated.
Mr Ghosn, who has strongly denied wrongdoing, had solely lately been launched from jail after being arrested final November.
On Wednesday, Renault accused him of “questionable and hid practices”.
The re-arrest marks one other dramatic twist the fast fall from grace of one of many world automotive business’s most feted executives. He led the Nissan-Renault alliance and was credited with turning across the fortunes of each firms over a number of years.
Launched on $9m bail final month, he has denied the costs, calling them “meritless” and saying he was the sufferer of a boardroom coup.
On Wednesday, Renault piled stress on the 64-year-old when it accused him of “violations of the group’s moral ideas”.
The French carmaker stated it will cease Mr Ghosn’s pension, considered value €765,000 (£653,000) a 12 months, including that it reserved the best to deliver motion towards him within the courts.
It was the primary time Renault has publicly criticised its former star government.
Renault had initially questioned Nissan’s allegations, however carried out its personal inside inquiry.
The carmaker stated the investigation had uncovered “severe deficiencies” over bills incurred on the Renault-Nissan Dutch subsidiary RNBV.
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Renault stated it had additionally “knowledgeable the French judicial authorities of potential points regarding funds made to one among Renault’s distributors within the Center East”.
The corporate added: “Renault additionally reserves the best to deliver motion earlier than French courts, as and when extra particular data involving breaches of Renault’s pursuits turns into out there.”
On Wednesday, Mr Ghosn took to Twitter with an announcement that he deliberate to carry a information convention subsequent week.
“I am on the brink of inform the reality about what’s taking place. Press convention on Thursday, April 11,” the 64-year-old tweeted from the @carlosghosn account on Twitter,
The account was created this month. It was the only tweet, posted in Japanese and English.
Though Mr Ghosn is underneath strict bail phrases – together with a ban on utilizing the web – his lawyer, Junichiro Hironaka, instructed reporters the tweet didn’t violate these phrases.
Nevertheless, with the re-arrest, that press convention is now unsure.