Ex-Nissan chairman Ghosn asks for bail

Nissan's ousted chairman Carlos Ghosn is accused of alleged financial misconduct.
Nissan's ousted chairman Carlos Ghosn is accused of alleged financial misconduct.

Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn is promising to wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, give up his passport and pay for security guards approved by prosecutors to gain release from detention on bail.

Ghosn, 64, has been in jail since his arrest on November 19. He is due for a bail hearing on Monday.

"As the court considers my bail application, I want to emphasise that I will reside in Japan and respect any and all bail conditions the court concludes are warranted," he said in a statement.

He has been charged with crimes including falsifying financial reports in underreporting his compensation from Nissan.

"I am not guilty of the charges against me and I look forward to defending my reputation in the courtroom; nothing is more important to me or to my family," he said.

Ghosn's latest request includes an offer to rent a Tokyo apartment, where he promises to live.

No trial date has been set.

Prosecutors contend that Ghosn is a flight risk and that he might tamper with evidence.

He has been held at the Tokyo Detention Centre, allowed visits only by embassy officials, lawyers and prosecutors.

His wife, Carole Ghosn, has expressed worries about his health and appealed to Human Rights Watch about what she saw as his unfair and harsh treatment.

Ghosn led Nissan for two decades, winning admiration for transforming it from near-bankruptcy into one of the world's biggest and most successful auto groups.

Australian Associated Press