Ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn insists he has been wrongly accused

Handcuffed and roped up, Carlos Ghosn will address court in person on Tuesday

Carlos Ghosn will speak publicly on Tuesday for the first time since his arrest nearly two months ago, when he appears in a Japanese court.

Ghosn, who was arrested first on November 19, has been re-arrested twice on different charges since then, a tactic often used by Japanese prosecutors to keep suspects in detention.

"Your Honour, I am innocent of the accusations made against me", he said. "I am wrongfully accused".

Ghosn has been charged with falsifying financial reports in under-reporting his pay by about $44 million over five years through 2015.

Ghosn has been indicted on the allegations of under-reporting his income, though not yet on the accusation of transferring trading losses.

Wearing a dark suit without a tie, and plastic slippers, Ghosn rebutted the allegations against him point-by-point and said he had the option to leave Nissan but had chose to stay on.

"A captain doesn't jump ship in the middle of a storm", he said.

He was led into court in handcuffs with a rope around his waist. Officers uncuffed him and seated him on a bench. In Japan, suspects are routinely held without bail, often due to fears about evidence tampering.

For Ghosn's lawyers, the hearing is a chance to argue his case and push back against his prolonged detention. "There is no risk that the suspect will destroy evidence", he said.

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He said nonetheless that he would apply later Tuesday to end Ghosn's detention, though he gave little indication he expected the application to be successful.

In a statement released before the hearing, Mr Ghosn said he has been "wrongly accused and unfairly detained". They requested anonymity because of the matters' confidentiality.

Ghosn is also accused of making $14.7 million in payments to Saudi businessman Khaled Al-Juffali using Nissan funds in exchange for arranging a letter of credit to help with his investment losses.

"I believe it could be considered that at least six months will be needed before being able to go to the first trial", he added, citing the complexity of the case and the fact that the documents involved are in both Japanese and English.

Ghosn said that Juffali's company was compensated for "critical services that substantially benefited Nissan", including soliciting financing and resolving a business dispute.

Prosecutors re-arrest Ghosn over fresh allegations that he transferred losses from personal financial investments to Nissan, apparently dashing his hopes of early release. The company suffered no losses, he said.

Ghosn, appearing in a dark suit without a tie and wearing plastic slippers and looking thinner than he had before his arrest, denied any wrongdoing.

In Paris, the French and Japanese finance ministers, Bruno Le Maire and Hiroshige Seko, reiterate "strong support" for maintaining the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. His arrest has shaken the world's largest auto pact, amid speculation it was part of a coup by forces within Nissan aimed at staving off a merger of the carmakers.

The French state, the car-maker's biggest shareholder, is questioning whether Ghosn can remain at the helm of one of the country's most important manufacturers, according to a senior government official.

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