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Nissan's Ghosn to make first public appearance in 7 weeks in court on Tuesday

Key Points
  • Ousted Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn is set to make his first public appearance in seven weeks at a Tokyo court on Tuesday after he requested an open hearing to hear the reason for his continued detention.
  • Ghosn has been held in a detention center since his Nov. 19 arrest on allegations of financial misconduct.
  • Ghosn has already been indicted for under-reporting his income.
Passersby are silhouetted as a huge street monitor broadcasts news reporting ousted Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn's indictment and re-arrest in Tokyo, Japan December 10, 2018.
Issei Kato | Reuters

Ousted Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn is set to make his first public appearance in seven weeks at a Tokyo court on Tuesday after he requested an open hearing to hear the reason for his continued detention.

Ghosn has been held in a detention center since his Nov. 19 arrest on allegations of financial misconduct, which was followed by re-arrests over further allegations.

The hearing will take place at 10:30 local time (0130 GMT) on Jan. 8, the Tokyo District Court said on Friday. The reason behind the timing of Ghosn's request was not clear.

Earlier this week, the court approved an extension to Ghosn's detention until Jan. 11, after re-arrest by prosecutors who accuse him of aggravated breach of trust in transferring personal investment losses to Nissan.

Those allegations center on the use of company funds to pay a Saudi businessman who is believed to have helped him out of financial difficulties, sources said last week.

Ghosn has already been indicted for under-reporting his income. He has denied the allegations, local media has said.

Former Nissan executive Greg Kelly, who has been charged with conspiring to under-report Ghosn's income, has been released on bail after the court ruled against extending his detention while he awaits trial.

Ghosn's arrest was followed by his removal from roles at Nissan and Mitsubishi. The case has rocked the auto industry and strained Nissan's ties with French partner Renault where he still remains chairman and chief executive.

The arrest has also put some of the practices of Japan's criminal justice system under international scrutiny, including keeping suspects in detention for long periods and prohibiting defense lawyers from being present during interrogations.

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Key Points
  • Former Nissan executive Greg Kelly was released from Tokyo Detention Center, after being held for more than a month on corruption charges.
  • Kelly was arrested, along with Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn, as they arrived in Japan via corporate jet on Nov. 19.
  • Ghosn remains in custody. Some skeptics have gone as far as to suggest that corporate politics are playing a central role in the case.