Carlos Ghosn may leave Japanese jail under caution
The Japanese court has rejected the demand of the prosecutor to keep Carlos Ghosn in jail for an extended time. There is a chance that the car tycoon may leave jail under caution soon.
It is very rare that a Japanese court rejects a demand of the prosecutor. The latter had asked a prolongation of Carlos Ghosn’s detention until the 30th of December. Now chances are increasing that he will be released under caution.
“We asked for a prolongation because we thought it necessary”, declared Shin Kukimoto, assistant attorney. “This will have an impact, but we will do our best”, he declared.
Today nobody knows for sure what is going to happen, but if the lawyers of Mr. Ghosn ask for a release with caution, which they haven’t done yet, there are chances that this will be admitted by the court.
According to the Jiji news agency, Ghosn’s lawyer, Motonari Otsuru, has declared that Mr. Ghosn is mentally strong and is prepared to pay a caution of several hundreds of million yen to get released from jail. A house is prepared for him in Japan but he has to ask permission to stay abroad from Renault, where he is still considered CEO.
Meanwhile the discordance between Nissan and Renault, the two biggest partners of the Alliance, starts to show more and more. An anonymous source declared yesterday that for the one side Mr. Ghosn is presumed innocent, for the other side he is presumed guilty.
It is true that the board of Renault has given its support to the (still appointed) CEO of the company, while the Nissan board has ousted Ghosn very rapidly as chairman and now doesn’t seem to come to an agreement to appoint its successor.
Apart from having withhold a large amount of revenues from the Japanese tax authorities, Nissan is now also accusing his former saviour the misuse of social goods and company assets, a motive that has not yet been evoked by the Japanese justice.