TOKYO – Japanese prosecutors cancelled on Thursday a scheduled interrogation of former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn, after he developed a high fever.
Sixty-four-year-old Ghosn, who has been under arrest since Nov. 19 for alleged financial misconduct, has been suffering from high fever since Wednesday night and has been advised to rest by doctors, his legal team told EFE.
The businessman was also unable to meet his defense team due to his sickness, they said.
Prosecutors have been interrogating Ghosn since his arrest two months ago to try to gather more evidence about the alleged financial irregularities he committed as the head of Nissan.
On Wednesday, a court rejected a request by his lawyers to end Ghosn’s detention, after he appeared before a judge for the first time on Tuesday and pleaded his innocence.
Ghosn’s defense team had made the bid for his release on the basis that one of the charges against him, an alleged breach of trust of the company, was null and void.
He is accused of passing off a series of personal investment losses incurred by him in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis to Nissan’s books, but according to his lawyers, those actions were approved by the company’s management.
Ghosn is also accused of under-reporting his income by tens of millions of dollars in documents to investors based on an understanding that he would receive them as post-retirement compensation.
There are three arrest warrants against Ghosn, but only one of them contains formal accusations on the alleged concealment of compensation agreed upon between 2011 and 2015.
His detention has been extended until Friday, and prosecutors are expected to press new charges to try to prolong it further.