Published: Sun, March 10, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Ghosn's bail: Lawyer sorry for 'tainting' Ghosn's fame with workman disguise

Ghosn's bail: Lawyer sorry for 'tainting' Ghosn's fame with workman disguise

Lawyer Takashi Takano said in a blog post that he takes full responsibility for what he called the "theater of disguise" and he apologized for its failure.

Under the terms of his bail, Ghosn will not be able to use the internet and can only use a computer in his lawyer's office during weekday daytime hours. Footage from the camera must be submitted to the court periodically. The phone will keep records even if Mr. Ghosn attempts to delete them, he said.

The CEO's trial could be from a few months to a year away and if any of the conditions for his release are violated, Ghosn could end up in jail again.

Mr. Ghosn had been denied bail twice under his previous legal team, which had proposed he wear a Global Positioning System ankle monitor, on grounds that he would be a flight risk or that he would destroy evidence. After the Tokyo District Court accepted his bail request, Ghosn emphasized his innocence in a statement made through a USA representative, saying, "I am innocent".

His release is conditional on restrictions that address apparent concerns that he could tamper with evidence.

Ghosn's controversial detention and highly anticipated release on bail took a comical turn as he tried to exit the Tokyo detention facility in disguise.

Ghosn sparked confusion and some derision by walking out of a Tokyo jail on Wednesday after more than 100 days in custody, sporting a blue construction worker's jacket, a light blue cap and a facemask. "When I saw them I thought it was harsh", said Shingi Bando, an official at the Japan Bail Support Association, which offers support to people who struggle to come up with bail.

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"The life of his family and his neighbours would be threatened".

Ghosn, who faces three charges of financial misconduct, must adhere to strict conditions in addition to the almost $9 million he paid in bail.

The ruse partly worked.

"It seemed as if Ghosn knew that being smart and confident in high brand suits is not always the best thing to do", he said.

The blue-collar theme continued when Ghosn got into a silver van - a Suzuki - with a workman's ladder strapped to its roof and, pursued by media motorcycles and helicopters, was driven across Tokyo to his lawyer's office.

Ghosn who was sacked from Nissan remains a board member becomes any changes to the board need to be approved by shareholders.

Should he want to attend a Nissan board meeting, Mr. Ghosn needs the court's permission. This was after he posted bail for a hefty sum of $ 9 million. But he still faces a battle to win acquittal.

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