UPDATING… Carlos Ghosn Defends Himself in First Public Remarks

TOKYO — In his first public look since his arrest practically two months in the past, Carlos Ghosn pushed again on Tuesday in opposition to the accusations that toppled him from the highest of a world automotive empire, declaring he was harmless of all allegations.

“I’ve all the time acted with integrity and have by no means been accused of any wrongdoing in my several-decade skilled profession,” Mr. Ghosn deliberate to say, in accordance with ready remarks distributed as a listening to started in Tokyo District Courtroom. “I’ve been wrongly accused and unfairly detained primarily based on meritless and unsubstantiated accusations.”

Mr. Ghosn, who till lately was head of the huge car-making alliance of Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi, was arrested in Japan in November on allegations of monetary wrongdoing and has been jailed with restricted contact to the skin world ever since. On Tuesday he was led into the Tokyo court docket handcuffed with a rope round his waist. He was sporting plastic slippers and a darkish swimsuit with out a tie.

He was showing in a packed courtroom to defend himself in opposition to allegations that he improperly transferred private losses to Nissan’s books and withheld hundreds of thousands of in earnings from Nissan’s monetary filings for years as chairman and chief government.

“Opposite to the accusations made by the prosecutors, I by no means acquired any compensation from Nissan that was not disclosed, nor did I ever enter into any binding contract with Nissan to be paid a hard and fast quantity that was not disclosed,” Mr. Ghosn, 64, mentioned in his ready remarks.

The court docket listening to was Mr. Ghosn’s first public look since his Nov. 19 arrest, when the Japanese authorities seized him shortly after he landed in a company jet at a Tokyo airport. A uncommon international company chief who grew to become a celeb in Japan for turning round Nissan practically twenty years in the past, the Brazilian-born and Lebanese- and French-educated engineer helped hyperlink Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi, making a enterprise that sells greater than 10 million vehicles yearly. He oversaw it with extra energy and longevity than is typical at publicly traded firms.

Now that empire’s destiny is unsure. Mr. Ghosn has since been ousted as chairman of each Nissan and Mitsubishi. The connection between Nissan and Renault, the place Mr. Ghosn has stored his titles, has turn into tense.

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