Ghosn decries 'plot' in video statement

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Ousted Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn said he was innocent and slammed former colleagues whom he accused of backstabbing and conspiring against him, in a pre-recorded video that marked his first public address since his initial arrest a year ago.

In a new video, Ghosn defended his innocence against multiple allegations of financial misconduct, claiming conspiring Nissan execs are to blame for his ousting from the company, reported CNN.

On Monday, Nissan shareholders chose to remove Ghosn from the board.

On April 4, the Brazilian-born businessman who also has French and Lebanese nationality was re-arrested by Tokyo prosecutors over new allegations of aggravated breach of trust causing Nissan a loss of around 5 million USA dollars.

Ghosn's wife, Carole Ghosn, also felt "in danger" after the "brutal" manner of his re-arrest last week on new charges. They mistook his leadership for greed and dictatorship, when he was the biggest defender of Nissan's autonomy, Ghosn said.

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. Yokohama-based Nissan, which makes the Leaf electric vehicle, March subcompact and Infiniti luxury models, was on the brink of bankruptcy when Renault sent Ghosn to turn it around two decades ago.

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He appeared to be saying he was the best leader for Nissan, while those behind the alleged conspiracy were failing. A statement released through his lawyers described his return to custody as, "another attempt by some individuals at Nissan to silence me by misleading the prosecutors".

The man responsible for the alliance between Nissan and Renault, as well as Mitsubishi, said his love for Nissan and for Japan are undiminished by his current circumstances.

The 65-year-old, who after his first arrest spent 108 days at the Tokyo Detention House, has denied all charges, with his lawyer Junichiro Hironaka slamming Japan's judicial system as being akin to "hostage justice".

Prosecutors say that the latest allegation is different, and that there is a risk that Ghosn may tamper with evidence. His defence team says the allegations are related, and authorities have already seized all the documents. She said she hopes Macron will help her husband win release from the Tokyo Detention House. "There are eight signatures on each paper", she told France's RTL radio.

Hironaka has previously criticized the move by prosecutors to confiscate Ghosn's belongings, including his mobile phone and trial documents, along with the mobile phones and Lebanese passport of his wife, Carole, who was present when prosecutors entered their home early in the morning last Thursday.

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