Ghosn Granted Bail For Second Time

Ghosn granted bail for second time

The Tokyo District Court has granted bail for the second time to former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn.

Ghosn was released on March 6 after spending 108 days in detention. He posted bail of about 9 million dollars but was arrested again on April 4.

On Monday, prosecutors brought another indictment against Ghosn for aggravated breach of trust.

They claim Ghosn made Nissan send money to a car dealership in Oman, and that he then funneled part of that money for his own use. They say Nissan lost about 5 million dollars as a result.

Ghosn's defense lawyers filed a request for bail, following the latest indictment.
The court granted the request on Thursday, and set the additional bail at more than 4 million dollars.

Conditions for Ghosn's release last month included installation of a security camera at the entrance to his home and restrictions on the use of computers and mobile phones.

The defense team is likely to have offered various conditions this time as well, to prevent the destruction of evidence.

Prosecutors are expected to appeal the court's decision, claiming he could contact his wife and son, whose companies are linked to the latest indictment.

If the court dismisses the appeal and Ghosn posts bail, he could walk out of the Tokyo Detention House as early as Thursday.

Nissan's public affairs officials say they're not in a position to comment on legal procedures.

Ghosn was removed as the Nissan director at a shareholders' meeting earlier this month, and now has no position with the company.