A Japanese court said Tuesday it had approved a bail request for former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn, who has been charged with falsifying financial reports and breach of trust.
The Tokyo District Court said Ghosn would be released on a 1-billion-yen (8.9 million-dollar) bail.
The 64-year-old could be released before the end of the day, after more than three months in custody, if the court dismisses any appeal against its bail decision by prosecutors.
Ghosn, who led the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Motors alliance, was indicted over the alleged under-reporting of his pay package for years by millions of dollars and the alleged transferring of his personal investment losses to Nissan in 2008.
He has denied the allegations.
On Thursday, Ghosn’s new defence team led by prominent lawyer Junichiro Hironaka, who was appointed in mid-February, filed their first request on behalf of the businessman with the court to end his prolonged detention.
The previous team made requests twice in January, rejected both times.
Hironaka told a news conference on Monday he was confident, expecting Ghosn to be released “in the near future.”
“We have presented our own convincing application, showing that there is indeed no flight risk or no risk of tampering evidence,” Hironaka said.
The application included a proposal to utilize surveillance cameras to limit Ghosn’s contacts following his release, the lawyer said.
Ghosn, who was sent by Renault to lead a turnaround at Nissan after its near-bankruptcy in 1999, has been in custody at the Tokyo Detention Center since Tokyo prosecutors arrested him on November 19, just after his arrival at Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport.
The businessman’s family said Monday in Paris that they would bring his case to the United Nations’ Working Group on Arbitrary detention.
Ghosn was being held under “medieval-style rules” and effectively prevented from preparing his defence, they claimed.