Ghosn was arrested in November over allegations of “serious misconduct” and other “significant acts”, including personal use of company assets. It was also alleged that he under-reported his pay by tens of millions of pounds. He was re-arrested in December over fresh allegations that he continued to understate his income up until March 2018. Since then, he has spent seven weeks in a Japanese jail.
It is also alleged that Nissan chief executive Greg Kelly helped Ghosn to under-report his pay and the car manufacturer was indicted for filing false financial statements.
In court the 64-year-old told the judge he had been “wrongly accused and unfairly detained” and said the claims against him were “meritless”. Ghosn said: “I have genuine love and appreciation for Nissan. I believe strongly that in all of my efforts on behalf of the company, I have acted honourably, legally, and with the knowledge and approval of the appropriate executives inside the company.”