Ghosn's Trial Expected To Open Next Year



Ghosn's trial expected to open next year

Former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn's trial is expected to start in Tokyo next year.

Ghosn has been indicted for allegedly understating his executive compensation in Nissan's securities reports.



Ghosn has also been charged with aggravated breach of trust over the suspected misappropriation of company funds.

On Monday, Ghosn and his close aide, former Nissan executive Greg Kelly, attended pre-trial talks behind closed doors at the Tokyo District Court.

Kelly and Nissan, as a corporation, have also been indicted for their alleged involvement.

The participants, including prosecutors and lawyers for the three accused, are thought to have discussed when the prosecution will disclose evidence to support its allegations.

They reportedly agreed to hold pre-trial talks around once a month until December 25.

The prosecution earlier laid out its case in relation to violations allegedly committed by the defendants.

Junichiro Hironaka, Ghosn's lawyer, said the defense team asked the prosecution why Nissan President Hiroto Saikawa had not been indicted on criminal charges.

Hironaka said that Ghosn appeared to be frustrated when the prosecution declined to answer.

The next round of pre-trial talks is scheduled for July 23.