Ghosn At Home, Maintains Silence In Front Of Media


Ghosn at home, maintains silence in front of media

Former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn, who was released on bail on Wednesday, was seen near his residence in Tokyo on Friday, in line with the conditions of his bail.

The 64-year-old has been indicted for aggravated breach of trust and underreporting his compensation. He walked out of a Tokyo detention center after spending over 100 days in custody and posting about nine million dollars as bail.

He appeared before reporters at around 11 AM on Friday, but did not respond to their questions.

What appears to be a security camera can be seen in front of the entrance of his residence. One of the bail conditions requires a camera to monitor who is coming and going from his home.

Ghosn's defense lawyers are expected to meet the court and prosecutors on Friday afternoon to discuss how to proceed with his trial. The defense team is also likely to talk about a news conference expected next week or later.

Meanwhile, Takashi Takano, one of Ghosn's defense lawyers, said on his blog on Friday that he was behind Ghosn's departure from the detention center in disguise. The defendant was wearing work clothes, a cap and a surgical mask and was driven away in a small van.

Takano said if his client had headed for his home without a disguise, he would have been quickly identified and followed by camera crews. He said he thought it best to avoid such a situation.

The lawyer apologized for what he called an immature scheme staining the reputation Ghosn had built up throughout his life.

He also apologized for causing trouble to those who cooperated in the disguise plot.