A Tokyo courtroom on Tuesday denied bail to Carlos Ghosn, the previous Nissan chairman detained since November on allegations of financial misconduct. The embattled auto chief now faces two extra months in a jail cell — and probably longer — as his case heads to the courtroom.
Mr. Ghosn, till just lately the pinnacle of the automotive-making alliance of Nissan, Renault, and Mitsubishi, is accused by Japanese prosecutors of understating his earnings for years, and of improperly transferring private losses to Nissan’s books in 2008. He has denied all charges.
His legal professionals stated later Tuesday that they had appealed the court docket’s ruling. A high aide to Mr. Ghosn, Greg Kelly, was arrested on an associated cost and launched on bail on Christmas Day after more significant than a month in jail.
Now that Mr. Ghosn’s software for bail has been rejected, he can legally be held till at the very least March 10, and prosecutors are entitled to request one-month extensions. Motonari Otsuru, Mr. Ghosn’s lead lawyer in Tokyo and a former prime prosecutor, has speculated that the manager’s detention might stretch for a lot of months.
The court’s resolution got here regardless of a plea from Mr. Ghosn’s spouse, Carole Ghosn, who on Monday wrote to Human Rights Watch, a world advocacy group, calling her husband’s detention “a case research within the realities of a draconian system.”
The therapy of Mr. Ghosn, who has been formally arrested 3 times, prolonging his detention, has cast an essential light on Japan’s felony justice system. Mr. Ghosn has been interrogated with no lawyer, and till immediately he has been permitted to satisfy solely with diplomats or his Japanese attorneys.