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A year after arrest, Ghosn seeks trial date, access to evidence


Added 11-19-19 05:03:02am EST - “A year after his arrest, Nissan ex-Chairman Carlos Ghosn remains stuck in Tokyo ...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “A year after arrest, Ghosn seeks trial date, access to evidence”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

TOKYO (Reuters) - A year after his arrest, Nissan ex-Chairman Carlos Ghosn remains stuck in Tokyo under stringent bail conditions and without a trial date as he seeks access to a trove of Nissan emails and other evidence to fight charges of financial misconduct.

His lawyers have asked a court to grant access to 6,000 pieces of evidence collected from Nissan Motor Co Ltd (7201.T) such as electronic communications, which they say is crucial for a fair trial, showed an Oct. 4 court filing seen by Reuters.

The once-feted executive has spent 129 days in detention since his arrest shortly after his private jet touched down at a Tokyo airport on Nov. 19, 2018. He faces four charges - which he denies - including hiding income and enriching himself through payments to dealerships in the Middle East.

Nissan sacked Ghosn, saying its internal investigations revealed misconduct ranging from understating his salary while he was its chief executive, and transferring $5 million of Nissan funds to an account in which he had an interest.

An earlier court ruling allowed prosecutors to hand back evidence to Nissan during pretrial wrangling over witnesses and evidence similar to the U. S. discovery process.

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