Tokyo, Jan. 21 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Justice Minister Masako Mori said Tuesday that she will ask her advisory panel next month to consider ways to prevent suspects from jumping bail.
The move follows a recent string of bail-jumping cases in the country, including former Nissan Motor Co. <7201> Chairman Carlos Ghosn’s escape to Lebanon last month.
Measures that the Legislative Council is expected to discuss include recognizing fleeing while on bail as an act of escape punishable under criminal law, sources familiar with the matter said.
The crime of escape currently only applies to escapes from prisons and other forms of detention.
Mori said she hopes that the council will discuss a wide range of measures, including the use of the Global Positioning System to monitor suspects.