Nissan ex-chair Ghosn released from Japanese detention

Prosecutors had fought to keep him in custody, contending he could tamper with evidence or influence witnesses. But the Tokyo District Court decided in the evening he should be released.

25 April 2019 | 20:42

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 25 April 2019 | 20:42

Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves the Tokyo Detention Center, in Tokyo Thursday, April 25, 2019. Ghosn walked out of detention Thursday evening, his head held high, after a Japanese court rejected an appeal from prosecutors and his 500 million yen ($4.5 million) in bail was paid earlier in the day. (AP Photo)

TOKYO: Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn walked out of a Japanese detention center Thursday evening, his head held high, after paying 500 million yen ($4.5 million) in bail and winning a court rejection of an appeal from prosecutors.

Ghosn walked solemnly out of the Tokyo Detention House with one of his lawyers by his side. They got into a dark van without speaking and drove off, watched by dozens of journalists who had been waiting for his release for hours.

Prosecutors had fought to keep him in custody, contending he could tamper with evidence or influence witnesses. But the Tokyo District Court decided in the evening he should be released.

In a new twist, the court also decided to restrict Ghosn’s contact with his wife, Carole Ghosn, targeting her as someone related to the latest allegations, according to his legal team.

In a statement issued shortly after his release, Ghosn said the new bail conditions were “cruel and unnecessary.”

Ghosn was arrested in November, released on bail in early March, but re-arrested and detained again April 4 on new allegations.

The latest bail comes on top of the 1 billion yen ($9 million) Ghosn posted for his earlier release.

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