Japan court denies extended detention of Nissan's Ghosn

Japan court denies extended detention of Nissan's Ghosn

Ghosn was indicted on December 10 on charges of underreporting his compensation on Nissan's financial statement over a five-year period ending in March 2015.

"I want to have my position heard and restore my honour in court", he added.

The scandal has also raised concerns over the financial health of the Japanese automaker and the future of its alliance with Renault SA of France.

His lengthy detention - in Japan, suspects can be "re-arrested" several times over different allegations - has sparked criticism, especially from overseas.

A call to the office of his lawyer, Motonari Otsuru, went unanswered outside business hours early on Friday. They are also facing the prospect of additional charges that claim the two underreported Ghosn's income for other years by almost 10 billion yen in total.

Ghosn was arrested November 19 along with Kelly over allegations that they underreported Ghosn's pay by about 5 billion yen ($44 million) in 2011-2015.

More news: Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra travel to India for second reception

Ghosn was indicted on December 10 for allegedly understating his income by about half over a five-year period from 2010, and was re-arrested for the same alleged crime covering the past three years.

Other lawyers such as Tsutomu Nakamura, a former public prosecutor who is the founder of Nakamura International Criminal Defense in Tokyo, suggested that the court decision doesn't necessarily mean Ghosn may walk out of jail immediately. Under Japanese law, they can then apply for a fresh extension of 10 days, plus a further 10 days, to investigate the new claims.

The Ghosn case has put Japan's criminal justice system under global scrutiny and sparked criticism for some of its practices, including keeping suspects in detention for long periods and prohibiting defense lawyers from being present during interrogations, which can last eight hours a day.

Renault owns 43 percent of Nissan but the Japanese firm now makes more money, leading to rifts within the tie-up that Ghosn forged and was credited with holding together.

A Tokyo district court on Thursday refused the prosecutors' attempts to hold him for longer, raising the prospect that he could be freed on bail.

The denial is extremely rare in a country where requests from investigative authorities for extended detention are nearly automatically approved. It has put off a decision on Ghosn's replacement.

More news: Trump Administration Bans Bump Stocks, Says They're Equal to Machine Guns

Prosecutors say Ghosn and Kelly are flight risks.

If they are bailed out, they are most likely to have to remain in Japan at a place decided by the court, often at home, Kukimoto said.

Disagreements within the world's biggest automotive alliance that was spearheaded by Ghosn have all but exploded since his arrest.

The case also marked a dramatic fall for the leader of the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Motors Corp 7211.T alliance who was once hailed for rescuing Nissan from the brink of bankruptcy.

Mitsubishi - like Nissan - has stripped Ghosn of his role as its chairman.

More news: Trump asked cabinet to look for border wall funding

Related Articles

  • Give Solskjaer permanent job if United finish in top four, says Berbatov

    Give Solskjaer permanent job if United finish in top four, says Berbatov

    Solskjaer's appointment was described as created to put a smile back on the face of everyone at Man United . United are 17 points above cellar dwellers Fulham, and 14 points from the relegation zone.
    Gatwick: Inbound flights not landing after reports of drone on runway

    Gatwick: Inbound flights not landing after reports of drone on runway

    On social media, passengers reported being delayed on the runway for over an hour as they waited for updates from the pilot. Sussex Police launched an investigation and Gatwick promised to reopen the runway following "suitable reassurance".
    Jose Mourinho proud of his Manchester United tenure

    Jose Mourinho proud of his Manchester United tenure

    But Zidane has also been repeatedly linked with United after quitting as Real Madrid boss in the summer. Earlier today, United confirmed the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their interim manager.
  • DC sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica scandal

    DC sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica scandal

    Facebook has reportedly already produced "reams of documents" in response to the attorney general's investigation, officials said. District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine filed the lawsuit on Wednesday, said the Washington Post .
    Theresa May sets out plan for January showdown on her Brexit deal

    Theresa May sets out plan for January showdown on her Brexit deal

    Television cameras inside the house captured Mr Corbyn mouthing words towards Mrs May but it is unclear what he actually said. Except Mr Corbyn's team soon rebuffed the accusation. "As I understand it, he said 'stupid people , '" the spokesperson said.
    DPRK criticizes US for imposing new sanctions against its officials

    DPRK criticizes US for imposing new sanctions against its officials

    Since then, North Korea has been demanding sanctions relief and has condemned U.S. insistence on its nuclear disarmament. The statement by North Korea's Foreign Ministry was carried by the regime's official Korean Central News Agency.
  • Chelsea in Carabao Cup semi-finals

    Chelsea in Carabao Cup semi-finals

    But Leicester's five-goal top-scorer should be available to face Chelsea as he tries to kick-start his spluttering season. Brewers manager Nigel Clough played for the Blues from 1996 to 1998, playing 39 games and scoring four goals.
    Facebook gave more than 150 companies special access to your data

    Facebook gave more than 150 companies special access to your data

    He said that the partnerships were "one area of focus" and that Facebook was in the process of winding many of them down. Facebook said it shut down almost all of these partnerships over the past several months, except Apple and Amazon.
    Pep Guardiola hails 'incredible' Phil Foden

    Pep Guardiola hails 'incredible' Phil Foden

    City rode their luck for 16 minutes until Aymeric Laporte pushed over Benjamin Hubner six yards from goal and conceded a penalty. Nicolas Otamendi also hit the woodwork with a glancing header from a Gundogan free-kick.
  • Mexico goes along with Trump’s caravan plan

    Mexico goes along with Trump’s caravan plan

    Serious doubts remain over whether Mexico can keep vulnerable asylum seekers safe. It is not illegal to cross the border without a visa to apply for asylum.
    China takes aim at Japan's plan to boost defence spending

    China takes aim at Japan's plan to boost defence spending

    The guideline calls for turning the self-defense forces' attention to threats posed to the nation's cybersecurity and from space. The measure emphasizes Japan's need to counter potential threats from North Korea and China as it enlarges its navy.
    Isco is Real Madrid's most talented player - Marcelo

    Isco is Real Madrid's most talented player - Marcelo

    The Spaniard has fallen out of favour at Real Madrid under Santiago Solari and could be poised to leave the club in January if the right offer comes in.