Lawyer for Nissan’s ex-chair Ghosn clarifies bail conditions



A lawyer for former Nissan president Carlos Ghosn, who was put back into custody last week, described the conditions for his initial release on bail in an effort to clarify what he called improper speculation in the Japanese media.

Ghosn, accused of financial misconduct, was arrested in November, but released in March. He was arrested again for new complaints on Thursday.

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It is unusual in Japan for a suspect who has been released on bail to be arrested again.

Takashi Takano listed the conditions in a blog post on Saturday night, which includes restricting Ghosn to using only one computer, which is located in his lawyer's office, and a cell phone. It is the first time that these conditions, established by the Tokyo District Court, are disclosed in detail.

Ghosn, 65, who led Nissan for two decades, has said he is innocent.

The conditions also indicated that Ghosn must deliver his pbadport, have a camera that controls the door of his apartment and keep a record of his phone calls and of the people he knows, as well as his family and lawyers, Takano said.

Ghosn is banned from fleeing or tampering with evidence, and meeting some people, including Greg Kelly, a Nissan Motor Co. board member suspected of collaborating with Ghosn, Nissan chief executive Hiroto Saikawa, and others who may be witnesses of the case, he said. .

The Tokyo District Court approved his detention until April 14. His legal team is trying to annul him, arguing that he has already exceeded the conditions for his release. The detention may be extended if the court approves the request of the prosecutors.

Prosecutors say the latest allegations are independent of the previous charges, and Ghosn can falsify evidence. Ghosn's legal team argues that prosecutors have already raided Ghosn's homes and taken everything away.

While prosecutors can interrogate Ghosn daily at the Tokyo Detention Center, Ghosn's time to work on his defense with his lawyers will be limited.

Japan has been criticized for long detentions without convictions, dubbed "hostage justice". Critics say it tends to lead to false confessions.

Ghosn has been accused of falsifying securities documents and of Nissan taking personal investment losses. The latest allegations center around Ghosn, which diverts a portion of the money paid by a Nissan subsidiary to a dealer business in Oman.

Ghosn says the compensation, which was for his retirement, was never decided or paid, the investment losses were never suffered and the payments were for legitimate services.

The date of his trial has not been set and it is likely that several months are missing.

Nissan, allied with Renault SA of France, will hold a shareholders meeting on Monday to obtain approval to expel Ghosn from its board of directors.

Ghosn has French, Brazilian and Lebanese citizenship.

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