Ghosn Expected To Lose Bail

Ghosn expected to lose bail

The Tokyo District Court is expected to revoke the bail of former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn if it confirms he left Japan without permission. Ghosn had posted a bond of 1.5 billion yen, or about 13.8 million dollars.

The court allowed Ghosn to be released on bail in April 2019, but imposed conditions such as a ban on travel overseas.

US and European media outlets reported that Ghosn arrived in Lebanon's capital Beirut on Monday. He has citizenship of Lebanon, Brazil and France.

Ghosn issued a statement through his press representative in New York, saying, "I am now in Lebanon and will no longer be held hostage by a rigged Japanese justice system where guilt is presumed, discrimination is rampant and basic human rights are denied."

Sources say the Immigration Services Agency of Japan has no record showing that Ghosn has left the country.

The lead lawyer of his defense team, Junichiro Hironaka, told reporters on Tuesday that the team has all of Ghosn's passports and would not have given them back to him.

The first session of his trial was set to open next April. But it will not begin unless he returns to Japan.

Ghosn has been indicted on charges of understating his compensation in Nissan securities reports. He is also accused of aggravated breach of trust over suspected misappropriation of Nissan funds.