Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn denied Tuesday charges against him when he appeared before the court in his first public appearance after being held in Tokyo on 19 November.
Ghosn, 64, appeared in a courtroom in Tokyo handcuffed, wearing a dark suit and a white shirt with no tie, and lost some of his weight, according to journalists who had permits to attend the session.
Ghosn is awaiting the start of the trial, as today’s session was only to inform him of the charges against him.
Ghosn faces charges of concealing revenue in millions, agreed with Nissan from 2011, as well as violating the company’s confidence to use it to cover personal financial losses.
“I am innocent of the accusations against me,” the former chief executive of the auto industry, who was born in Brazil and educated in Lebanon and France, denied the charges.
Ghosn said: “I have only the love and gratitude from the bottom of my heart to Nissan, I have done my best to the benefit of the company, and carried out my duties fairly, correctly and legally.”
For his part, the judge, at the hearing requested by Ghosn’s lawyers to hear the allegations, read the charges against Ghosn and told him that he was in detention to prevent him from leaving the country and trying to hide the evidence.