The Tokyo District Prosecutor’s Office, as expected, appealed the decision within hours. But the appeals court announced shortly after 11 p.m. local time that it had rejected the appeal.
To get his bail application approved, Ghosn agreed to stay in Japan, have cameras set up in his house and not contact people outside. His lawyer, Junichiro Hironaka, told the Nikkei newspaper that Ghosn would have to stay at the lawyer’s office during the day and have access to only an old-style mobile phone that can make and receive calls, not surf the web or send email.
He will, however, be allowed to attend board meetings at Nissan, Mitsubishi and Renault, if he obtains permission from the court, Hironaka said, the Nikkei reported. Ghosn remains a director at the companies, although Nissan will ask shareholders to remove him.
Ghosn switched lawyers late last month after his first legal team failed in two attempts to win bail. The court had earlier refused bail, citing concerns about flight and evidence tampering.