Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn walking out of a Tokyo detention center almost four months after his arrest is riveting Japan, where the relatively low crime rate means his high-profile financial misconduct case is giving the public an unusual peek into how the criminal justice system works.
The 64-year-old has not spoken in public since his release on 1 billion yen ($9 million) bail from the Tokyo Detention House, where he had been held since his arrest on November 19.
The corporate, too, has been indicted on fees of improperly reporting Mr. Ghosn's earnings - and it has promised to assessment its company governance requirements.
Ghosn's bail was set at one billion yen (nine million US dollars) after a request was filed with the court on Thursday last week by Ghosn's new legal team appointed in February.
To obtain his freedom, former auto tycoon Carlos Ghosn had to stump up more than just a cool one billion yen ($9 million) in cash.
Hironaka said the key lawyer on his team responsible for Ghosn's successful release was Takashi Takano, who has a reputation for having studied the American legal system.
As a part of the bail settlement, Mr. Ghosn should give his passports to his attorneys, stay in Tokyo and never have contact with others concerned within the case, in line with Japanese information media.
Bollore said he personally views the release as "good news" but Renault does not plan to retain Ghosn as a director.
UPDATE - March 8: A lawyer for Ghosn has apologised for advising him to use the disguise.
The firm has dismissed him as chairman, although he remains on the board pending a decision at a shareholders' meeting.
He faces steep odds in trial: Japanese prosecutors have a 99 % conviction charge of indicted defendants. Prosecutors say suspects may tamper with evidence or flee.
Ghosn's lawyers want to establish his innocence, rebuild his reputation "and show what has happened is nothing but a awful accident of a great boss", Le Borgne said Wednesday.
Mitsubishi Motors Chief Operating Officer Trevor Mann said after the court approved the bail request for Ghosn that his release would not affect its operations.
While Ghosn is enjoying liberty after almost four months in solitary confinement, his lawyers have cautioned that prosecutors have leeway to file new charges.
Hironaka said Ghosn needed rest after his detention.