Japanese prosecutors are considering bringing another criminal charge against former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn over suspected misuse of the automaker's money via its dealer in Oman.
Ghosn, 65, has already been indicted for aggravated breach of trust and other alleged offenses.
Informed sources say more than 34 million dollars was paid to a Nissan dealership in Oman operated by one of Ghosn's acquaintances for seven years until last year. The payments were from Nissan's reserve funds that Ghosn used at his own decision.
The sources say it is suspected that some of that money went to pay for a yacht Ghosn was using, via a personal bank account of the dealer's executive.
The sources say the Tokyo prosecutors' special investigation team is now likely consulting with the Supreme Public Prosecutors Office about whether to indict Ghosn for aggravated breach of trust over this alleged misconduct.
Ghosn's defense team explained that the money was paid at the request of his subordinates at Nissan as legitimate remuneration for the dealer's many years of business.
It also said the purchase of the yacht has nothing to do with Nissan.