In video address, Ghosn says he is innocent and victim of backstabbing

Carlos Ghosn professes his innocence in a new video

Carlos Ghosn professes his innocence in a new video

The latest arrest was in connection with new allegations that five million dollars (€4,452,600) sent by a Nissan subsidiary meant for an Oman dealership was diverted to a company controlled by Ghosn.

The Tokyo District Court decided on Friday to allow prosecutors to detain Ghosn until April 14.

Ghosn said the conspiracy was borne out of fear that he would bring Nissan closer to its alliance partner, top shareholder Renault SA.

However, Junichiro Hironaka, his lawyer, said Ghosn's defense team had redacted those names.

He was wearing a dark jacket and a white shirt with his hands folded in front of him as he looked into the camera and spoke in a clipped, matter-of-fact manner.

Last week, Tokyo prosecutors chose to re-arrest Ghosn - who was released on a nine million dollar bail (€8 million) - sending him back to the detention centre where he previously spent more than 100 days.

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Ghosn, wearing a white shirt and dark jacket, spoke calmly in a almost 10-minute video shown at the Foreign Correspondents' Club on Tuesday.

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.

"I am innocent", Ghosn said, adding that he still loved both Nissan and Japan.

Ghosn was first arrested in November and has been charged with financial misconduct and breach of trust. He has denied the charges against him.

Nissan's shareholders are looking to place themselves well outside the Ghosn zone after a recent vote to remove him from the board.

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