Carlos Ghosn looks on during a visit of French President at the Renault factory, in Maubeuge, northern France, on November 8, 2018

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Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn has made his first look in courtroom in Japan since his arrest final yr.

He was detained on allegations of monetary misconduct in November, and re-arrested in December on an additional declare of understating his pay.

In an announcement launched earlier than the listening to, Mr Ghosn mentioned he has been “wrongly accused and unfairly detained”.

His prolonged detention has drawn some criticism exterior Japan.

Mr Ghosn has been accused of “important acts of misconduct”, together with under-reporting his pay bundle and private use of firm belongings.

His defence staff say the accusations in opposition to him are invalid as a result of they don’t relate to his wage, however to future funds that he was anticipated to obtain after retirement.

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Members of Carlos Ghosn’s authorized staff forward of his look on the Tokyo District courtroom

Mr Ghosn is predicted to inform the Japanese courtroom he by no means obtained any compensation from Nissan that was not disclosed.

“I’ve been wrongly accused and unfairly detained primarily based on meritless and unsubstantiated accusations,” Mr Ghosn’s ready assertion learn.

The architect of the Renault-Nissan alliance wore a darkish swimsuit and appeared thinner as he arrived on the Tokyo courtroom.

He was met by a crowd of journalists and tv crew, as greater than 1,000 folks lined as much as safe one among 14 seats contained in the courtroom, which have been assigned by lottery.