Ex-Nissan CEO Ghosn Granted Bail Under Strict Conditions

Takashi Takano a lawyer for Carlos Ghosn walks out the main building as he leads a group of security guards surrounding Carlos Ghosn at the Tokyo Detention House

Carlos Ghosn's lawyer apologises as workman disguise ploy backfires

Chairman Carlos Ghosn (R) is released on March 6, 2019, from the Tokyo Detention House, where he was held for 108 days over financial misconduct allegations.

Ghosn sparked confusion and some derision by walking out of a Tokyo jail Wednesday after more than 100 days in custody, sporting a blue construction worker's jacket, a light blue cap and a facemask.

In the absence of other new developments in the case - which may not go to court for several months - TV stations dissected his disguise, with one even getting a member of staff in a lookalike outfit to sit in a van resembling the one used by Ghosn.

Lawyer Takashi Takano said in a blog post that he takes full responsibility for what he called the "theater of disguise" and he apologized for its failure.

Mr Ghosn, also the former chairman of Renault and Mitsubishi Motors, has agreed to strict bail conditions and given assurances he will remain in Tokyo, surrender his passport to his lawyer and submit to extensive surveillance.

The crowd of media that had been at the facility, waiting for hours, spotted Ghosn despite his outfit and followed the van he entered across town in a spectacle broadcast live on television.

Takano said he wanted Ghosn to avoid detection and prevent "the whole world" from knowing where he lives.

Ghosn has been indicted for aggravated breach of trust and underreporting his compensation.

Takano asked the media to give his client privacy, saying people who face trial need to regain their normal lives.

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Prior to his release, Ghosn's family has repeatedly appealed for bail, which was rejected by judges multiple times.

Ghosn had been detained since his first arrest on November 19, 2018.

But the lawyer, known as "the Razor" for his mental acuity, said he came up with the plan to stop journalists tracking Ghosn to where he is staying.

But a senior Tokyo prosecutor said Friday that the decision to grant bail could risk "destruction of evidence".

Junichiro Hironaka, a lawyer for Ghosn, 64, said it would be good for him to meet with the press after he calms down.

Nissan, which makes the March subcompact, Leaf electric auto and Infiniti luxury models, has declined comment on the criminal case, but says its investigation has found misconduct by Ghosn.

Takano has a reputation for winning quick release on bail.

Ghosn led Nissan for two decades, saving the Yokohama-based automaker from near bankruptcy.

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