Japan stunned by Ghosn’s release, critics hope for change

Japan stunned by Ghosn’s release, critics hope for change

Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn's release from detention almost four months after his arrest has gripped Japan, giving the public rare glimpse into how the criminal justice system works.

Ghosn, who faces financial misconduct charges, walked out of prison earlier on Wednesday slipping past reporters in a face mask.

"I am innocent and totally committed to vigorously defending myself in a fair trial against these meritless and unsubstantiated accusations", Mr Ghosn said in a statement.

Carlos Ghosn, the embattled former head of Nissan Motor Co. and Renault SA, used funds from their alliance to donate money to the American School in Paris, attended by his son, Anthony, between 2005 and 2012, L'Express Magazine reported, citing unidentified sources.

TO obtain his freedom, former auto tycoon Carlos Ghosn had to stump up more than just a cool one billion yen (RM36.6 million) in cash.

If he breaks any of the conditions he could lose some or all of the $9-million bail, or even find himself back at the Tokyo Detention Centre before his trial - which could still take months to organise.

Japan's relatively low crime rate means high profile cases like Ghosn's are uncommon.

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Hironaka also said Ghosn has no plans to hold a news conference on March 7 mainly because he was not yet physically fit.

He faces three charges - two of underreporting his salary in key documents to shareholders - and one of attempting to transfer personal investment losses to Nissan. They had insisted that he should be kept in detention to prevent him from tampering with evidence or leaving the country.

The business daily Nikkei said Ghosn's case highlights inequities human-rights advocates have long criticized as unfair, such as extended detentions and interrogations without a lawyer present.

Yuichi Kaido, a lawyer known for his criticism of the system, welcomed how Ghosn's case has prompted global scrutiny. "From now on, I hope we'll be able to conduct more elaborate, more thorough preparations" for the trial, he said.

Chairman Carlos Ghosn is now recuperating after his release on bail Wednesday, following more than 100 days in custody, his lawyer said, noting that no date for a news conference has been set at this time.

Hironaka said Ghosn needed rest after his detention.

Given the number of people involved in the complex case and their wide geographical spread, Hironaka said the case would run over a "very long time span".

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