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Nissan's Ghosn crisis

Ghosn's lawyers appeal to Supreme Court over extended detention

Ex-Nissan chairman's defense team tries fresh tack after losing appeal over return to jail

Former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn is seen after being released on bail on March 6, before his rearrest and return to detention in early April.   © Reuters

TOKYO(Kyodo) -- Lawyers of former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn on Monday appealed to the Supreme Court over a lower court decision last week to extend his detention through April 22.

The Tokyo District Court had approved on Friday prosecutors' request for an extension of Ghosn's initial 10-day detention over fresh financial misconduct allegations.

The 65-year-old was served a fourth arrest warrant on April 4 over an allegation he misused company funds for personal purposes. His return to detention came after he was released on bail in early March, having been held for 108 days since his initial arrest last November.

The latest appeal follows the top court's rejection of an earlier appeal by the lawyers against Ghosn's return to detention.

Ghosn has already been indicted on charges of violating Japan's financial instruments law by underreporting remuneration to regulators, and aggravated breach of trust in relation to the alleged transfer of private investment losses to Nissan. He has denied all allegations.

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