Photo/IllutrationFormer Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

Prosecutors on April 22 indicted Carlos Ghosn on a new charge of misappropriating Nissan Motor Co.'s funds for his personal use via a dealership in Oman.

Prosecutors contend that the actions of the former Nissan chairman constitute aggravated breach of trust in violation of the Companies Law.

Defense lawyers for Ghosn, 65, asked the Tokyo District Court to release their client on bail.

The April 22 indictment is likely to be the last as no further charges are anticipated, according to investigative sources.

Ghosn has been arrested by the Special Investigation Department of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office on four occasions since last November.

The latest chapter in his ordeal concerns his arrest on April 4 in connection with the alleged diversion of company funds through the Middle East.

After his arrest, Ghosn released a statement, which read: “The suspicion is groundless. I’m innocent.”

Ghosn is believed to be refusing to answer questions during daily interrogation at the Tokyo Detention House.

Prosecutors are alleging that Ghosn transferred $10 million (about 1.1 billion yen) from a Nissan subsidiary to Suhail Bahwan Automobiles (SBA), a dealership in Oman, between 2017 and 2018, and had SBA send $5 million of the funds to GFI, an investment company in Lebanon effectively owned by Ghosn.

Part of the funds flowed from GFI to companies headed by his wife or son, prosecutors contend.

They alleged that funds sent to his son’s firm were used by Ghosn for investments.

Ghosn was indicted in January in a different case of aggravated breach of trust. He was released on bail March 6, but rearrested April 4 in connection with the so-called Oman route.

With his initial 10-day detention period about to expire, prosecutors asked the Tokyo court to extend it by 10 more days.

The court granted an eight-day extension, which was to expire April 22.