Carlos Ghosn’s Lawyer Says Bail Conditions Violate Human Rights

Carlos Ghosn’s lawyer Takashi Takano claims that the bail conditions the former Nissan chairman is being held under constitute a breach of human rights.

Japan Today reports that Ghosn is forbidden from seeing wife Carole, including in the presence of lawyers, and can’t even talk to her on the phone. Prosecutors claim this measure was necessary to prevent evidence tampering.

“This is unfair,” Takano recently said. “It’s cruel and unusual.”

Takano has been fighting to remove this condition of Ghosn’s bail and has had appeals rejected by district and appeals courts. The Supreme Court also turned down his request last month but the lawyer says he will continue to file new petitions, asserting that the Supreme Court has yet to rule on the constitutionality or the human rights aspects of Ghosn’s bail.

Also Read: Renault Admits It Paid $57,000 For Carlos Ghosn’s Big French Wedding

Lawyers recently filed a petition with the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, asserting that restricting Ghosn from seeing his wife represents a deprivation of fundamental human rights.

Ghosn was recently seen in court as part of a pre-trial session where both sides hand in evidence. Preparations for trials in Japan typically take months, and a trial date has yet to be set.

The former industry executive was arrested in November and charged with falsifying financial documents in reporting retirement compensation. He has also been charged with breach of trust in diverting Nissan funds towards personal investment losses.

Ghosn has long protested his innocence on all charges and attributed them to a coup by his former Nissan colleagues, but faces an uphill battle in being exonerated as the conviction rate in Japan is higher than 99 per cent.


  • Six_Tymes

    insane how they are railroading Carlos Ghosn. its almost as if they are trying to give the guy a heart-attack.

    • Bo Hanan

      Clearly, somebody is pissed at him.

  • charlotteharry57

    Who cares one iota about Ghosn anymore? With all this going on with a possible Renault/FCA merger, this is trivial news anymore.

    • Six_Tymes

      lol! the two stories are directly related. duh…



  • Giannis Antypas

    “Ghosn is forbidden from seeing wife Carole, including in the presence of
    lawyers, and can’t even talk to her on the phone. Prosecutors claim
    this measure was necessary to prevent evidence tampering.”

    Well if Ghosn ever wamted to ‘tamper evidences’ and there was a way to get it through either on the phone or face to face,

    he could so easily have his lawters help him out.
    But for the prosecutors it was more meaningful to cut his communications with his wife… Sure.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    No wonder if Renault is going to accept the merger with FCA. Nissan will get bought and his management crushed.

  • Andrew Ngo

    Shame on you Japan…and Nissan.

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