>> Prosecutors in Tokyo issued new indictments for Carlos Ghosn on Friday on two new charges on financial misconduct. The former Nissan chairman was once an auto industry superstar, praised for rescuing the company from bankruptcy. Now prosecutor say he could face up to 15 years in prison. He's now been officially charged over temporarily transferring investment loses to Nissan in 2008, and for understating his income from 2015 to 2017.
He's being detained in Tokyo since his arrest in mid-November. Fridays indictments add to an already existing charge for Ghosn of misrepresenting his income for a five year period, leading up to 2015. At the same time, Nissan itself along with former executive Greg Kelly, were also indited for underreporting Ghosn's income.
Ghosn's legal team said they've also applied for bail for their client. But in Japan, it's uncommon for defendants who have denied their charges to be granted bail before trial. On Tuesday, going declared his innocence in a Tokyo court calling the allegations meritless and unsubstantiated, that was his first public appearance since last year's arrest.
At a press conference the same day, Ghosn's legal team disputed the criminal nature of the case and expressed their concern over his health after weeks in detention. They also said, Ghosn may have to endure many more months of similar conditions before trial.>>
> His face looked thinner so I think he's lost quiet a lot of weight.
I'm afraid it will take at least another six months until the first trial takes place. Also this week, Nissan cancelled the lease on Ghosn's luxury Tokyo apartment as the automaker tries to cut ties with their former chairman