Tokyo court rejects Ex-Nissan chair Ghosn’s bail request


TOKYO (AP) – A Tokyo court rejected former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn’s latest request for bail on Tuesday, more than two months after his arrest.

A statement from the Tokyo District Court announcing its decision gave no explanation for prolonging a detention of the 64-year-old star executive, which has drawn international scrutiny of Japan’s justice system.

Ghosn had promised to wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, give up his passport and pay for security guards approved by prosecutors in his latest attempt to gain release from a Tokyo detention center.

His family said they will appeal.

Ghosn has been in custody since Nov. 19. He had a bail hearing Monday. A Tokyo court rejected an earlier request for bail last week.

Ghosn, who led Nissan Motor Co. for two decades, has been charged with falsifying financial reports in underreporting his compensation from Nissan over eight years, and with breach of trust, centering on allegations Ghosn had Nissan temporarily shoulder his personal investment losses and pay a Saudi businessman.

Ghosn has said he is innocent, explaining that the alleged compensation was never decided, Nissan didn’t suffer losses and the payment was for legitimate services.

His wife Carole Ghosn appealed for his release through Human Rights Watch earlier this month, saying Ghosn’s treatment has been harsh and unfair.

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