Published: Sat, March 09, 2019
Business | By Eloise Houston

Ghosn's lead lawyer not in on 'humorous' bail release ruse:The Asahi Shimbun

Ghosn's lead lawyer not in on 'humorous' bail release ruse:The Asahi Shimbun

Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn's release from detention almost four months after his arrest has gripped Japan, giving the public rare glimpse into how the criminal justice system works.

This includes his former right-hand man Greg Kelly, who was released on bail on Christmas Day but faces charges of conspiring to under-report Ghosn's salary over a period of eight years.

The corporate, too, has been indicted on fees of improperly reporting Mr. Ghosn's earnings - and it has promised to assessment its company governance requirements.

The lawyer added that Ghosn's defence team was considering an opportunity for him to speak with the press in the near future although this was unlikely to happen on Thursday given his exhaustion.

Mr. Ghosn was in jail for upwards of 100 days in Tokyo, Japan, before being granted bail earlier today. He says he is innocent, that the income allegedly under-reported was never paid or decided, Nissan never suffered the investment losses and the payments were legitimate business expenses.

Hironaka also said Ghosn has no plans to hold a news conference on March 7 mainly because he was not yet physically fit.

Undercover boss Ghosn in light blue cap emerges
Undercover boss Ghosn in light blue cap emerges

He remains technically a member of the board until an Exceptional General Meeting expected April 8 where shareholders will vote on ousting him. They had insisted that he should be kept in detention to prevent him from tampering with evidence or leaving the country.

Jean-Yves Le Borgne, Ghosn's attorney in France, also noted Ghosn has suffered greatly, even if he is eventually exonerated.

Shortly after Ghosn's arrest on November 19, 2018, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, and Renault dumped Carlos as their executive leader.

Mitsubishi Motors Chief Operating Officer Trevor Mann said after the court approved the bail request for Ghosn that his release would not affect its operations. Nicknamed "the Razor", he has won rare acquittals in a nation where the conviction rate is 99 per cent. "It's a good thing that Carlos Ghosn can defend himself freely and without restriction".

While Ghosn is enjoying liberty after almost four months in solitary confinement, his lawyers have cautioned that prosecutors have leeway to file new charges.

Ghosn said nothing audible as he walked out of the Tokyo detention centre yesterday where cameras had massed outside for hours waiting for a shot of him.

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