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Carlos Ghosn Appeals against Japan Bail Rejection

Carlos Ghosn Appeals against Japan Bail Rejection

Thursday, 17 January, 2019 - 09:15
TV crews stand in front of the Tokyo Detention Center, where former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn, is detained. AP file photo
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Lawyers for former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn on Thursday appealed against a decision by a Tokyo court to refuse him bail, as he faces charges on three counts of financial misconduct.

Since his stunning arrest on November 19 the auto tycoon has languished in a Tokyo detention center, facing questioning over allegations he under-reported his salary and tried to shift personal losses onto the company.

On January 11 he was formally charged on two of the counts and his request for bail refused again. Even his own lawyer has admitted he is likely to be kept behind bars until a trial -- which could take six months.

The court has previously refused to release the 64-year-old Franco-Lebanese-Brazilian businessman on the grounds that he could present a flight risk and destroy evidence.

The appeal came as the French government called for him to be replaced at the head of Renault, the only one of the three companies he used to head that has retained him.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Wednesday the government had requested a Renault board meeting in coming days.

The company needs a change of governance, Le Maire said in an interview with French TV station LCI.

Japanese firms Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors jettisoned Ghosn as boss almost immediately after his arrest.

If the bail appeal is turned down he faces at least a two-month period in pre-trial detention. This can be extended almost automatically by one month at a time.

His wife Carole has appealed to Human Rights Watch over his detention, saying he was being held in "harsh" conditions and subjected to round-the-clock interrogations in an attempt to extract a confession.

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