Jailed ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn will reportedly speak in front of a Japanese court for this first time since his arrest in November

ETIENNE LAURENT/AFP/Getty ImagesRenault CEO Carlos Ghosn
  • Former Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors chairman Carlos Ghosn will reportedly speak in front of a Japanese court for the first time on Tuesday.
  • Ghosn remains the chairman and CEO of Renault.
  • Ghosn will speak for 10 minutes and is expected to declare his innocence, Bloomberg reported.
  • These will be the auto executive’s first public statements in nearly two months.
  • Ghosn was arrested on November 19 in Tokyo. He is accused of underreporting $US44 million in income and misusing corporate assets.

Former Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors chairman Carlos Ghosn will reportedly speak in front of a Japanese court for the first time on Tuesday.

Ghosn will get 10 minutes to address the court, during which he is expected to “declare his innocence and deny any wrongdoing,”Bloomberg reported.

Representatives from Nissan were not immediately available for comment on the matter.

It will be the auto industry titan’s first public statements in nearly two months. Ghosn was arrested shortly after landing at Tokyo Haneda Airport on November 19 and accused of underreporting roughly $US44 million in income during a five-year period ending in March 2015. Ghosn has also been accused of misusing corporate assets.

Read more: Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn jetted around the world on a series of $US60 million Gulfstream private jets.

The Brazilian-born Ghosn, who was fired from his chairmanship of Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors, remains the chairman and CEO of French automaker Renault. Renault owns 43% of Nissan.

He is also the mastermind behind the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, which sold more than 10.6 million cars in 2017, the most of any automaker in the world.

The former Nissan boss has been held at Tokyo Detention Center since his arrest. In an interview with French publication Le Journal Du Dimanche, Ghosn’s son Anthony claims his father passes his time by reading and has lost 26 pounds since the arrest after subsisting on three bowls of rice a day.

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