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Prosecutors suspect wife contacted parties linked to Ghosn's case

This March 9, 2019 file photo shows former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn, released on bail three days earlier in connection with his alleged financial misconduct case, and his wife Carole. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo prosecutors suspect the wife of former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn has contacted people linked to his case, and unsuccessfully tried to bar her from seeing her husband while he is in detention, a source close to the matter said Tuesday.

The prosecutors asked the Tokyo District Court to basically allow only lawyers to see Ghosn, currently being held at the Tokyo Detention House for alleged financial misconduct, claiming the former auto tycoon had his wife Carole contact the parties involved in his case to ask them to tell the same story as his, the source said.

Carole Ghosn may have made the contacts overseas as she travelled to France on April 5, the day after Ghosn was rearrested in Tokyo, and returned to Japan in time for pretrial questionings by prosecutors on April 11, the source added.

The court has rejected the prosecutors' request to limit Ghosn's visitors, but their latest allegations could influence the court's decision on whether to grant bail for Ghosn, who was indicted Monday on a fresh charge of misusing Nissan funds paid to a distributor in Oman.

It was his fourth indictment and his lawyers filed a bail request later Monday. Ghosn, who has denied all charges, was initially arrested in November and released on bail in March before being taken back to the detention house in early April.

Ghosn is suspected to have channeled some of Nissan's payments to the Omani distributor Suhail Bahwan Automobiles LLC for his personal use, causing the automaker to sustain a $5 million loss.

The prosecutors suspect Carole Ghosn may have met officials of the Omani distributor, according to the source.

After the court approved bail for Ghosn on March 5 following his more than 100 days in detention, he lived with Carole in a Tokyo apartment until he was arrested for the fourth time on April 4.

His bail conditions included a ban from contacting Nissan executives and other people potentially linked to the allegations. But the terms did not ban Carole Ghosn from contacting people potentially involved in his case.

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