Former Nissan chairman Ghosn to appear in court for detention hearing

Source: Xinhua| 2019-01-04 21:53:57|Editor: xuxin
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TOKYO, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn will likely appear in a court in Tokyo on Tuesday to hear the reason for his detention with the move coming following his lawyer's request made Friday.

The request was filed with the Tokyo District Court by Ghosn's lawyer and the court is required in principle to hold an open hearing within five days of such an application being submitted.

During the hearing, slated to be held at the Tokyo District Court from 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Ghost will be allowed to voice his opinions in court for the first time since his arrest on Nov. 19. on allegations he vastly under-reported his remuneration.

The ousted Nissan boss will demand that his detention be brought to an end, according to his lawyer.

"He wants to tell judges that he has not inflicted any losses on Nissan," a lawyer representing Ghosn said, referring specifically to new allegations against Ghosn that he had passed on his personal investment losses in the past to Nissan.

The latest legal step by Ghosn's lawyers have been taken as the global automotive bigwig's detention is scheduled to end on Jan. 11.

Prosecutors, by this time, must make an ultimate decision as to whether or not to indict Ghosn over the myriad charges facing him.

During the five years through March 2015, Ghosn has been alleged to have breached the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act by under-reporting his remuneration by five billion yen (46.28 million U.S. dollars) of his total 10 billion yen pay package.

He was given another arrest warrant on Dec. 21, further extending his detention, on suspicion he transferred personal investment losses to the tune of 1.85 billion yen (17.12 million U.S. dollars) to Nissan in 2008.

He was subsequently dismissed by Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors Corp., triggering a leadership battle in the Nissan-Renault SA-Mitsubishi Motors Corp. automotive alliance.