Ghosn slams "backstabbing" former Nissan colleagues in video address

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During the video, several Nissan executives were called out for their actions, however, Ghosn's lawyers edited the video to remove the names prior to release.

Ghosn's lawyer Junichiro Hironaka criticized authorities for arresting his client for a fourth time.

As the days turned to weeks and Ghosn - whose bumper pay packages had always been a bone of contention in France - remained behind bars, the government's main concern seemed to be safeguarding the Renault-Nissan alliance.

The ex-auto tycoon who, after his first arrest on November 19 on charges of under-reporting his remuneration for years in Nissan's securities reports, went on to spent 108 days in detention, talked of his love of Japan and of Nissan, and about the automaker's accomplishments since he was sent to Japan in 1999.

Ghosn alleged that this conspiracy was caused by fear of a greater alliance and potential merger between Renault and Nissan, which, he said, "would in a certain way threaten some people or eventually threaten the autonomy of Nissan".

"I am innocent of all the charges that have been brought against me", Ghosn said in the video.

"It's sad. For someone like me, it's sickening", he said.

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

Prosecutors took the highly unusual step of rearresting Mr. Ghosn last Thursday on fresh allegations that he used company funds to enrich himself by US$5-million.

Ghosn already faces three formal charges: two of deferring his salary and concealing that in official shareholders' documents, and a further charge of seeking to shift investment losses to the firm.

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There has been huge worldwide and Japanese media interest in his case that has shocked and surprised many from the beginning, the AFP reported.

The lawyer said on Tuesday that Mr. Ghosn's wife, who left Japan last week, did so out of concern for her own safety, adding she meant to ask the French government to help her husband.

Last week, Carlos Ghosn announced a press conference on 11 April to share his side of the story.

On Monday, Mrs Ghosn said she planned to return to Japan soon.

"The third point that I want to tell you is that this is a conspiracy".

She told a French newspaper she had been forced to flee Tokyo with support from the French ambassador and was able to use her United States passport after having to surrender her Lebanese one to prosecutors.

She also said that her husband had not acted alone and that others at the company knew.

After his arrest, Ghosn was also dismissed as chairman of Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and replaced as chairman of Renault SA in the three-way alliance he created after he tendered his resignation while in detention in Tokyo.

Speaking during the meeting, Nissan chief executive Hiroto Saikawa apologized for the organization's issues and lay the blame directly at Ghosn.

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