TOKYO – Carlos Ghosn, global leader of the troubled auto sector who has spent the last two months in prison in Japan, is proposing to increase the amount of the bond and personally pay for an apartment in Tokyo as well as private security agents to prepare for his release. before the trial.
Mr. Ghosn, 64, who was accused on three account Nissan Motor, the Japanese industrialist he had been running for two decades, was the victim of financial malpractices. deposit refused by a Tokyo court last week. The court rejected the appeal of its lawyers, who filed a new bail application on Friday at the Tokyo District Court.
"As the court reviews my bail application, I want to point out that I will be residing in Japan and that I will respect all bail conditions deemed necessary by the court," Ghosn said in a statement. a statement released Monday morning in the media.
Mr. Ghosn, who until recently headed the alliance between Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi in the automotive sector, is giving new assurances in support of his Tokyo bail application. than the French manufacturer Renault cut ties with him under the pressure of the French government, shareholder of Renault.
Tokyo prosecutors have accused Ghosn, who was a leader of foreign celebrities at the head of a Japanese company, of underestimating his income for years and abusively transferring investment losses. in the Nissan books in 2008. a court appearance this month, Mr Ghosn has declared himself innocent of all allegations.
Since he was stopped descending from a business jet in Tokyo on November 19, Mr. Ghosn was detained in a small cell, and questioned daily by prosecutors without the presence of his lawyer. He was cut off from direct contact with his family and until last week he was only allowed to see his lawyer and his Japanese diplomats from Brazil, France and Lebanon, countries in which he is a citizen. His wife, Carole Ghosn, wrote last week to Human Rights Watch, a global advocacy group, claiming that her husband was "unscrupulously and unnecessarily detained by the Japanese authorities."
When Mr. Ghosn appeared before a judge this month to exercise his legal right to ask the court to explain why he was holding his detention, he said that Mr. Ghosn was considered a risk of absconding and could conceal proofs.
In his statement on Monday, Mr Ghosn said that if he was released on bail, he would appear at his trial.
"I will attend my trial not only because I am legally obliged to do so, but also because I am looking forward to finally defending myself," he said. "Nothing is more important to me or my family."
Devon Spurgeon, a spokesman for Mr Ghosn's family, said the family had rented an apartment in Tokyo where he would stay while awaiting trial. This month, Nissan terminated Tokyo's $ 12,750 rental contract, which Ghosn used as its chairman.
Ms. Spurgeon stated that Mr. Ghosn also proposed to pay a higher bond amount by offering as security the Nissan shares not mentioned in his initial bail application. He would also wear and pay the cost of an electric wrist strap and hire private security agents licensed by prosecutors to monitor him. Mr. Ghosn would return all his passports and refrain from talking to potential witnesses in his case.
With Ghosn, Tokyo prosecutors indicted his close associate, Greg Kelly, former head of human resources and a member of Nissan's board, for under-reporting Ghosn's income. Mr. Kelly was released on bail of 70 million yen, or about $ 640,000, on Christmas Day. He had a spinal stenosis surgery in Tokyo and now lives in an apartment in the city.