Prosecutors ask judges to question Ghosn’s wife

French Prosecutors suspect that Ghosn siphoned off part of the payments through a company where his wife, Carole, is an executive to purchase a yacht and a boat.

Prosecutors in Tokyo have asked judges to question the wife of Carlos Ghosn in connection with funds allegedly misappropriated by the former Nissan Motor chairman.

Ghosn was arrested on Thursday for the fourth time on suspicion of aggravated breach of trust involving Nissan funds sent to the automaker’s Omani dealership.

Japan TV channel NHK has learned that the prosecutors asked her to meet them for voluntary questioning as an unsworn witness, but the request was turned down.

This prompted them to ask judges to question her on their behalf before they open the first hearing on the allegations.

Such a request gives judges the power to question on a mandatory basis witnesses who refuse to testify.

Ghosn’s lawyer has criticized prosecutors for confiscating the wife’s passport and mobile phone when they rearrested Ghosn.

Also, French prosecutors have begun an inquiry into the lavish wedding party at the Palace of Versailles for former Renault and Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, part of which was billed to the French automaker, a legal source said.