Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn is set to be detained for a further 10 days of questioning after a Tokyo court approved the request by prosecutors on Friday.
Ghosn will appeal the decision, his lawyer confirmed, but for now the Toyko District Court has allowed prosecutors to keep him in detention until April 14 after he was arrested for the fourth time at his apartment in the city on Thursday.
The ousted Nissan chief executive was re-arrested on new grounds, with allegations that he had tried to embezzle $5m from the company.
His lawyer, Junichiro Hironaka, said the defence team would be immediately filing for appeal against his detention.
The arrest came 30 days after Ghosn had been released on bail worth $9m and the prosecutors may seek a further 10 day extension to his detention, but must then either bring formal charges against him or let him go.
In a statement, Ghosn said the accusations against him were “groundless” and claimed he was the victim of a boardroom coup, with this latest arrest an attempt to silence him.