A Tokyo court rejected Tuesday another bail request from the lawyers of former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn, detained since November over allegations of financial misconduct.
The denial came despite Ghosn's promise over the weekend that he would accept "any and all" conditions to be set by the Tokyo District Court, as his detention stretches into its third month.
Ghosn's lawyers had filed a bail request for a second time after Tokyo prosecutors indicted the 64-year-old on Jan. 11 on new charges, including aggravated breach of trust in relation to the alleged transfer of private investment losses to Nissan in 2008.
Ghosn was first arrested on Nov. 19 for allegedly understating his remuneration, and his detention has been extended multiple times following additional allegations, all of which he denies.
Under the Japanese judicial system, a bail request can be made multiple times. A Japanese court in principle grants bail when there is no risk of a suspect fleeing or destroying evidence.
In a statement distributed by a spokeswoman for his family, Ghosn said Sunday he is willing to offer a higher bail amount, wear an electronic ankle tag, and be confined to a Tokyo apartment.
Other conditions he is said to be prepared to accept include surrendering his passport, refraining from interacting with anyone who is a potential witness in proceedings against him, and reporting daily to prosecutors.
His lawyers initially requested bail on Jan. 11, but the court rejected this four days later, saying he is a flight risk and that he may destroy evidence.
According to sources with knowledge of his bail procedures, the previous request stated that were Ghosn granted bail, he would be limited to living in France or at the French ambassadorial residence in Tokyo.
The former chairman is facing three charges -- two related to the understatement of billions of yen of remuneration in securities reports presented to Japanese regulators over the eight years through March 2018, and one regarding aggravated breach of trust.
Ghosn's Tokyo-based chief lawyer, Motonari Otsuru, had said the former chairman may not be granted bail before the start of his trial, seen unlikely to begin before June partly due to the complexity of a case that involves documents in Japanese and English.
As a case of aggravated breach of trust would involve a large amount of evidence, pretrial preparations could take months, or even more than a year, according to a senior prosecutor.