Court authorities in Rio de Janeiro granted permission for the family members of former Nissan executive Carlos Ghosn, who is in jail in Japan, to retrieve the assets inside a building in Copacabana. The apartment is his property and was used by Ghosn when he was in Brazil.
Ghosn was arrested three weeks ago over allegations of failing to report over $40 million to fiscal authorities in Japan for five years, during which period he is believed to have omitted a portion of his salary with Nissan. The executive was charged by Japanese prosecutors.
According to his family, the Japanese car maker changed the apartment padlocks and prevented Ghosn’s relatives from entering the place to retrieve his belongings.
Nissan filed a request to retain Ghosn’s assets so that tax evasion and fraud charges could be investigated in internal audits. But the authorities decided that Nissan had bought the apartment for Ghosn’s use only and that the company never actually owned the property. It was also determined that the car maker could not keep Ghosn’s assets under its custody.