Carlos Ghosn calls himself victim of 'conspiracy'


On April 4, Ghosn was rearrested by Tokyo prosecutors over new allegations of aggravated breach of trust, related to funds essentially being transferred through a Nissan dealership in Oman and back to himself, causing Nissan a loss of around 5 million USA dollars, according to prosecutors.

He also said he was anxious about Nissan, wondering whether those executives were really watching out for the company.

Ghosn did not name specific individuals at Nissan, with his lawyer saying that the defence team had opted to cut parts of the recording that pointed the finger at particular figures.

Ghosn's wife also told RTL that she is ready to return to Japan to be questioned by the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office.

"This is a conspiracy. this is not about greed or dictatorship, this is about a plot, this about a conspiracy, this is about a backstabbing", said the former boss.

Mr Ghosn has denied all the allegations against him and said he is the victim of a boardroom coup.

Former Nissan executive and Ghosn aide Greg Kelly, who was also arrested, was dismissed too.

"Nissan's internal investigation has uncovered substantial evidence of blatantly unethical conduct", company spokesman Nicholas Maxfield said when asked for comment on Ghosn's video. "The company's focus remains on addressing weaknesses in governance that failed to prevent this misconduct".

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He initially served as the automaker's chief executive officer following the Japanese automaker's capital alliance made with Renault and as Nissan president from 2000 and its chief executive officer from 2001 to 2017.

The French government should insist on trying Carlos Ghosn in France on charges of financial misconduct at Nissan, to ensure the former chairman of the Japanese manufacturer gets a "fair trial", his French lawyer said on Tuesday.

The ousted Chairman of Nissan says what's happening around him is a conspiracy.

Mr Hironaka said he will appeal Ghosn's latest detention and would appeal to the supreme court about his new arrest.

"The word is not too strong", Zimeray argued, accusing the judiciary in Japan, where suspects can be kept for 23 days without charge and are often kept behind bars until their trial, of "taking a person hostage until they crack and make a confession".

Ghosn spent 108 days in a detention centre in northern Tokyo before being dramatically released on bail of around $9 million on March 6, emerging from incarceration dressed in a workman's uniform and face mask in an apparent bid to avoid the media.

"The idea of his being all alone is really hard to accept", she said.

Ghosn goes on to paint a familiar picture: that he has been framed by colleagues who were threatened by the likely next step in the firm's alliance.