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Ghosn says will accept 'any and all bail conditions'

In this March 23, 2016, file photo, Carlos Ghosn, the Chairman and CEO of both Nissan and Renault, speaks at the New York International Auto Show in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- Ousted Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn made a petition for bail Sunday, saying he will accept "any and all" conditions to be set by a Japanese court as his detention for alleged financial misdeeds stretches into its third month.

"I remain imprisoned in the detention center, 64 days after I was arrested, with no release in sight. As the court considers my bail application, I want to emphasize that I will reside in Japan and respect any and all bail conditions the court concludes are warranted," he said in a statement.

"I will attend my trial not only because I am legally obligated to do so, but because I am eager to finally have the opportunity to defend myself."

"I am not guilty of the charges against me and I look forward to defending my reputation in the courtroom; nothing is more important to me or to my family."

The statement was distributed by a spokesperson for the Ghosn family after lawyers for Ghosn on Friday requested for a second time that the Tokyo District Court grant bail to the 64-year-old.

The spokesperson said Ghosn is now willing to accept all conditions to be set by the court, including offering a higher bail amount, wearing an electronic ankle bracelet monitoring device as used in the United States and being confined to a Tokyo apartment.

Other conditions he is said to be ready to accept include surrendering his passport, refraining from interacting with anyone who is a potential witness in the proceedings against him and reporting on a daily basis to prosecutors.

Ghosn was first arrested on Nov. 19 and his detention has been extended multiple times over additional allegations, all of which he denies.

He has been charged with violating the financial instruments law by understating his remuneration in Nissan's securities reports as well as for aggravated breach of trust over the transfer of derivative losses from his private asset management company to Nissan's books.

Ghosn made his first public appearance on Jan. 8 at the district court to hear an explanation for his prolonged detention, at that time he claimed that he has been "wrongly accused and unfairly detained."

His lawyers requested bail on Jan. 11, but the court rejected it four days later saying he is a flight risk and that he may destroy evidence.

The previous request may have stated that were Ghosn granted bail, he would be limited to living in France or at the French ambassadorial residence in Tokyo, sources knowledgeable on the matter said.

Under the Japanese judicial system, a bail request can be made as many times as desired.

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