Japan prosecutors file new allegation against Nissan's Ghosn

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Kyodo News service and other Japanese media reported that prosecutors alleged that Ghosn caused Nissan a loss of 1.8 billion yen ($16 million) in 2008.

The court did not disclose reasons for its decision and NHK said it was "extremely rare" for it to reject the prosecutors' request to extend detention. A spokesman for Renault said that Kelly consulted Renault and Nissan executives on the legality of paying Ghosn through Renault-Nissan BV and that Renault told Kelly any remuneration from the company would have to be made public in France.

It isn't clear if another former Nissan exec, Greg Kelly, who was arrested with Ghosn in November, is included in the latest indictment. The rearrest gives prosecutors the right to detain Ghosn for at least a further 10 days and possibly longer, while potentially hurting his chances for bail after that. Otsuru's office didn't respond to a request for comment from CNN.

The twists and turns in the case of auto tycoon Carlos Ghosn have gripped Japan and the business world since his stunning arrest last month.

Following his arrest, Ghosn has been dismissed from office by Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors Corp., triggering a leadership battle in the Nissan-Renault SA-Mitsubishi Motors Corp. automotive alliance.

When the 22-day period runs out for the third set of allegations, he could be formally charged with those or re-arrested on a fourth series of alleged crimes.

While the charges against Ghosn had so far been related to a relatively arcane point of accounting - whether retirement payments were properly booked - the new accusations are for a misdeed that has an actual victim: Nissan.

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Prosecutors were stunned by the Tokyo District Court's rejection of their request to extend the detention of Carlos Ghosn, with some suggesting the court caved in to global criticism of Japan's judicial system. They are also facing the prospect of additional charges that claim the two underreported Ghosn's income for other years by almost 10 billion yen in total. Ghosn's lawyer, Motonari Otsuru, was not available for comment.

Japan has also come under fire for its 99.9 percent conviction rate. Carlos Ghosn has denied wrongdoing.

Nissan and Mitsubishi both sacked Mr Ghosn as chairman after his arrest last month. That had raised the prospect that his lawyers may be able to seek bail and get him out of prison to wait for his trial.

Carlos Ghosn was arrested in Tokyo after being under the radar for some time where it was suspected that he was not completely showing his income and was somehow siphoning the money of the company for some other goal.

Ghosn's downfall is seen by some as a manoeuvre by others at Nissan to gain power in the alliance.

Nissan has begun a process of choosing Ghosn's successor, with the final decision expected on December 17. While there, he had a one-on-one meeting with Renault interim chief Thierry Bollore that Saikawa described as "positive" and "productive", according to Nissan.