Ghosn Trial Likely To Be Delayed

Ghosn trial likely to be delayed

NHK has learned that the Tokyo district court has changed its initial plan to hold the first hearing for former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn in September.
It is now likely that his trial will start later than that.

Ghosn has been indicted for understating his income on Nissan's securities reports. The company itself has also been indicted for making false financial disclosures.

Court officials, prosecutors and Ghosn's defense lawyers gathered at the Tokyo District Court on Friday to discuss how to proceed with the trial.

Sources have told NHK that the court decided to try the cases of Ghosn and the automaker together, saying that their responsibilities should not be judged separately. Ghosn's defense team had asked the court to hold the two hearings separately.
In late April, prosecutors brought another indictment against Ghosn for aggravated breach of trust. He was released on bail for a second time on Thursday.

Lawyer Junichiro Hironaka told reporters later on Friday that Ghosn appears to be distressed since he is prohibited from contacting his wife, Carole, without the court's approval. He added that his news conference has not yet been scheduled.

The court also reportedly said it will not accept investigators' records of oral statements to which the defense team has not given consent.

The court said it is very important how to judge the credibility of testimonies from witnesses who have reached a plea bargain with prosecutors.