TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Lawyers for Nissan Motor's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn filed a request for bail with a Tokyo court on Thursday for the third time, as he has remained in detention for more than three months on financial misconduct allegations.
The latest filing with the Tokyo District Court is the first bail request by lawyers newly appointed this month, including Junichiro Hironaka, known for winning acquittals in high-profile cases.
His previous defense team led by Motonari Otsuru, a former head of the special squad of Tokyo prosecutors investigating the financial misconduct allegations, made two requests in January.
A Japanese court in principle grants bail when there is no risk of a suspect fleeing or destroying evidence.
Ghosn, 64, has been charged with understating his remuneration for a number of years in Nissan's securities reports and transferring derivatives losses from his private asset management company to the Japanese automaker. He denies the allegations.
The former executive appeared at the court last month seeking an explanation for his continuing detention, his first public appearance since his arrest in November. The court said he needed to be detained as he could destroy evidence and flee Japan.
Hironaka, known in judicial circles as the "acquittal guarantor," has told reporters that he is "confident that (Ghosn) is innocent" on both charges and it is "extremely odd that a matter which should be resolved internally by a company has been brought to prosecutors."
The arrest of Ghosn on Nov. 19 came as prosecutors and a Nissan executive cooperating with the investigation struck a plea bargain agreement.