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Granting bail to Ghosn could risk destruction of evidence: Tokyo prosecutor

Ghosn walked out of a local jail Wednesday after more than 100 days of detention following an unexpected decision from the Tokyo District Court

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Carlos Ghosn
Carlos Ghosn

A decision to grant to could risk "destruction of evidence" in the financial misconduct case against the former chief, a senior prosecutor said Friday.

walked out of a local jail Wednesday after more than 100 days of detention following an unexpected decision from the District Court, despite strong opposition from prosecutors.

has strict limits on his movement and communications, with a ban on his contacting executives and others with links to the allegations against him, as well as restrictions on his computer and cell phone use.

But the prosecution still "believes that there remains risk of destruction of evidence", said Shin Kukimoto, deputy chief of the District Public Prosecutors Office.

"We believe the conditions for the are not effective," he added.

Kukimoto said his office would nonetheless work with the new conditions and prove the charges against Ghosn.

The prosecutor stayed tight-lipped about whether Ghosn, who is on a one billion yen (USD 9 million) bond, may face rearrest or new charges.

While on Ghosn, who had two previous bail applications rejected, will live at a designated residence with a surveillance camera.

He is allowed to go outside but has pledged not to leave Japan and to stay away from the internet.

Doubters have questioned the effectiveness of the conditions, with Japanese media speculating that Ghosn could easily leave his residence and call or meet people involved in the case.

Ghosn was first arrested on November 19, and faces multiple charges of financial misconduct.

A towering figure once revered in Japan for turning around Nissan's fortunes, Ghosn also forged a successful alliance between Nissan, and France's

Ghosn has maintained his innocence since his arrest and claimed the allegations against him are part of a "plot" by opponents of greater integration between the three firms.

It may be several months before Ghosn's trial begins and his defence lawyer said the case was expected to run over a "very long time.

First Published: Fri, March 08 2019. 17:30 IST