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Nissan's Ghosn crisis

Ghosn's trial to hinge on fresh charge over Oman payments

Ex-auto exec set for fight in case that has shaken Japan's judicial status quo

Former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves his lawyer's office in Tokyo on March 12. (Photo by Maho Obata)

TOKYO -- The newest charge against former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn in effect marks the end of Japanese prosecutors' investigation and looks to be the crux of the country's highest-profile corporate trial in years.

Prosecutors charged Ghosn with a second count of aggravated breach of trust Monday, alleging that $5 million in payments from Nissan to a distributor in Oman was funneled to a Lebanese investment company under the de facto management of the former auto alliance chief.

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