Former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn enters the Tokyo District Court for a pretrial procedure on May 23. (The Asahi Shimbun)

Former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn attended a pretrial procedure at the Tokyo District Court on May 23 so that judges can understand what type of person he is, his lead lawyer said.

The session, the first in a series of pretrial procedures, was held behind closed doors.

Ghosn, who was released on bail in late April, arrived at the court around 9:30 a.m. with his lawyers.

The defense team and the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office apparently discussed how to narrow down issues of contention and the evidence that will be submitted at his trial.

“We can expect the procedures to proceed swiftly with a sense of tension,” Junichiro Hironaka, who heads the defense team, said on May 22.

Ghosn, 65, has been charged with aggravated breach of trust and under-reporting his remuneration in Nissan’s financial reports. He has insisted he is innocent of all charges.

The May 23 session was apparently focused on the aggravated breach of trust charges.

His lawyers are believed to have requested an early disclosure of evidence from the prosecutors.

They also may have inquired about the prosecutors’ intention in asking the Tokyo District Court on May 14 to approve revisions of an indictment against Ghosn.

Prosecutors want to include allegations in the indictment that in October 2008, Ghosn received $20 million (about 2 billion yen based on the exchange rate at the time) from a Saudi businessman when Ghosn was transferring personal losses to the automaker.