The Tokyo court has approved the release of Carlos Ghosn on bail. The former CEO of Renault-Nissan had returned to prison in early April after another surprise arrest.
The prosecution will probably appeal but, if this appeal is rejected, the tycoon of the fallen car will quickly regain freedom. It could come out this Thursday, against the payment of a deposit of 500 million yen (4 million).
The former CEO of Renault-Nissan, initially arrested on November 19 in Tokyo, had already paid one billion yen (€ 8 million) to go out on March 6 from the detention center of Kosuge district, after obtaining a first release on parole with a house arrest in the Japanese capital. But the prosecutors decided barely a month later to call again on additional facts.
The conditions imposed on his supervised release have not yet been specified. The previous time, he was forbidden to leave Japan, and he was also not allowed to use a smartphone connected to the internet and had access to a computer only during the week at set times in the office of his lawyer.
However, he had been able to find his family – his wife Carole and his daughters who came specially – in a rental apartment in Tokyo, registered with the court and of which he had no right to be absent more than three days.
Carlos Ghosn is facing four charges for various financial malpractices, including concealment of income in stock market documents and two different cases of aggravated breach of trust.
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Even before his first bail, the former boss of Renault-Nissan has used several means – interview to some media, press releases, appearing at his request in court – to claim his innocence and denounce a plot hatched by Nissan to his against.
In a recent video, recorded before his recent arrest but made public a few days later, he also insisted on the thesis of the trap set by the leaders of the Japanese automaker in order to bring it down and thus stop the merger process Renault -Nissan he was preparing.
His wife, Carole Ghosn, has been mobilizing for weeks to denounce the treatment of her husband, a campaign supported by several foreign lawyers such as Japanese and international organizations who believe that the Japanese judicial system does not respect the rights of the defense.