"My arrest this morning is outrageous and arbitrary. It is part of another attempt by some individuals at Nissan to silence me by misleading the prosecutors. I am innocent of the groundless charges and accusations against me", Ghosn said in a statement as quoted by the Kyodo News agency.
The unexpected rearrest came shortly after Ghosn announced on Twitter that he was preparing to hold a press conference on 11 April to "tell the truth about what's happening".
Media reported that the businessman had been rearrested by Tokyo prosecutors on suspicion of misusing the funds belonging to the automobile company. In particular, the former executive is accused of inflicting a $5 million loss to Nissan by transferring a part of the money, which Nissan's subsidiary in the United Arab Emirates paid to an Omani distributor, to a firm that he effectively owns.
Ghosn was originally arrested in Japan in late November last year, along with his right hand, Greg Kelly, for underreporting about $44 million worth of his income. During his detention, he was served two more arrest warrants last December and charged with other counts of financial misconduct, which allowed the prosecution to hold Ghosn in custody without trial.