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An artists sketch of Carlos Ghosn during his court appearance on Tuesday

Carlos Ghosn, the former chairman of Nissan, was indicted on two fresh charges of financial misconduct on Friday, reported AFP.

Ghosn has remained in custody at the Tokyo Detention House since his arrest by prosecutors in November for allegedly understating his remuneration in Nissan's securities reports.

On Tuesday, Ghosn, a Brazilian-born Frenchman of Lebanese ancestry, told a Tokyo court he was innocent, in his first public appearance since his November 19 arrest.

Public prosecutors indicted former Nissan Motor Co.

In his court appearance, Ghosn gave a forceful rebuttal to the allegations against him, saying he has been wrongfully accused, is innocent and the accusations are merit-less.

An appeal to end his detention was also rejected.

The second charge filed Friday is for aggravated breach of trust, which involves a complex scheme under which Ghosn allegedly tried to transfer losses on foreign exchange contracts to Nissan's books.

Ghosn; Greg Kelly, another Nissan executive; and Nissan as a legal entity also were charged Friday with additional underreporting of income, from 2015 through mid-2018.

His chief lawyer has said that Ghosn could theoretically be detained for a minimum of another six months, citing the complexities of the case and said that bail is unlikely to be granted as he has unequivocally denied all allegations against him.

At the court, Ghosn said his actions were backed by managers inside the company as well as external lawyers.

This week he suffered a fever that prompted prosecutors to suspend their interrogations, though his lawyer said Friday his temperature had gone back down.

The arrest and detention of Ghosn, who remains CEO and chairman of Nissan's capital alliance partner Renault SA, has sparked global criticism of Japan's justice system, which effectively allows a suspect to be held indefinitely and questioned without a lawyer present.

His wife Carole Ghosn said she had received no information about his health and "pleaded" with Japanese authorities for news.

And with each formal charge, prosecutors can hold Ghosn for two months of pre-trial detention, which is also renewable.

The prosecutors asked related countries for help to continue investigations, suspecting that Ghosn used Nissan for private purposes, the sources said.

Ghosn holds French, Lebanese and Brazilian passports and his children live in the U.S., his wife said that her husband is living in "harsh conditions" and enduring "unfair treatment", and that authorities have not let the family speak with medical personnel at the detention center.

Renault's board met Thursday and confirmed compensation paid to directors in the past two years complied with law, while making no decision on Ghosn's role at the carmaker.

Doctors at the Tokyo Detention Center had said visits and questioning should be put off to allow Ghosn to rest after he ran a fever of 38.8 C (101.8 F) late Wednesday.

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