The After Effect Of Ghosn's Bail

Why did Ghosn leave detention in disguise

Why did Ghosn leave detention in disguise

He also expressed hope that the release on bail of the former chairman of Nissan Motor Co. would serve as a catalyst to abolish Japan's much-criticized "hostage justice" system in which bail is generally granted only to those who admit to crimes.

He faces charges of aggravated breach of trust and under-reporting his compensation by about US$82 million (S$111 million) at Nissan for almost a decade.

"I am innocent and totally committed to vigorously defending myself in a fair trial against these meritless and unsubstantiated accusations", Mr Ghosn, 64, said.

Photos of Ghosn, his identity obscured by a surgical mask, blue cap and laborer's clothes, decked the front page of all major newspapers Thursday.

Ghosn, previously considered a flight risk by the court, is now under a travel ban as part of his bail agreement, to ensure he does not leave Japan.

Ghosn's bail conditions mean he will have to stay in Japan and be placed under video surveillance.

He faces steep odds in trial: Japanese prosecutors have a 99 % conviction charge of indicted defendants.

Other provisos of his bail are based around making sure Ghosn can not tamper with evidence or contact Nissan executives or others involved in the case.

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Ghosn now wanted to spend time with his family, he said.

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.

The business daily Nikkei said Ghosn's case highlights inequities human-rights advocates have long criticized as unfair, such as extended detentions and interrogations without a lawyer present. Some of the charges against him relate to reporting of his deferred income, promised as money, stocks and other items for a later date, including after retirement - money Ghosn says was never paid, or even agreed upon.

Ghosn is also banned from communicating with parties involved in his case, and permitted computer access only at his lawyer's office.

"I realize there is the view that we can't give special treatment to Mr. Ghosn or that Japan has its own way of doing things", he said.

Chairman Carlos Ghosn is now recuperating after his release on bail Wednesday, following more than 100 days in custody, his lawyer said, noting that no date for a news conference has been set at this time.

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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