Jailed Nissan Exec Makes Unusual Bail Plea

Carlos Ghosn promises to pay for own ankle bracelet and related security
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2019 6:17 AM CST
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This Jan. 8 courtroom sketch depicts former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn in Tokyo District Court.   (Nobutoshi Katsuyama/Kyodo News via AP, File)
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(Newser) – Former auto exec Carlos Ghosn made another long-shot appeal for bail on Monday, one that came with an unusual twist: He offered to pay for his own ankle bracelet as well as security guards to keep an eye on him, reports the Wall Street Journal. Ghosn, the former chairman of Nissan, has been jailed in Japan since November on charges that he cheated on his taxes by grossly under-reporting his income. Ghosn, who denies the charges, promised to surrender his passport, stay in his Tokyo apartment until trial, and pay all of the security costs required to make sure he doesn't flee.

The court already has rejected one bail request on the grounds that Ghosn is a flight risk who could tamper with evidence if free, and this new request is unlikely to be accepted, per the Guardian. "I will attend my trial not only because I am legally obligated to do so, but because I am eager to finally have the opportunity to defend myself," said Ghosn in a statement. He added that he would use his Nissan stock as collateral to pay a high bail fee. (Ghosn's wife says his health is suffering in prison.)

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