Ghosn probably to remain in jail for months (update)
The Japanese court has rejected the demand of Carlos Ghosn to be temporarily released. This came as no surprise and the Renault CEO (and former Nissan President) risks to stay imprisoned until his trial, expected to begin in a few months.
Meanwhile the court had to be suspended because Ghosn showed weakened and feverish on Wednesday evening and questioning by the court had to be suspended on Thursday, according to Japanese media.
“The demand to stop detention has been rejected”, the court announced on Wednesday in a laconic way. Normally his detention period stops on Friday the 11th but everybody expects the Japanese prosecution to come with additional accusations to keep Ghosn in jail.
Breach of trust
According to the prosecution, Ghosn has asked Nissan to cover “losses on personal investments” during the 2008 financial crisis, for a total of 1,85 billion yen (approximately 15 million euro).
Ghosn is supposed to have asked a Saudi billionaire, Khaled Juffali, to guarantee for him and to pay him later with money coming from a Nissan account.
According to his lawyer, Motonari Otsuru, the 64-year-old car boss risks to stay under Japanese custody until the trial, which is not expected before several months.
When appearing for the first time before court in public (in presence of the French, Lebanese and Brazilian ambassadors to Japan), Ghosn looked to have lost weight, grey hairs piercing through his ever dark black hairdo, coughing lightly from time to time, but speaking clear and loudly and looking to be in good condition. He was wearing a dark costume, no tie and green plastic sandals.