The Latest: Nissan's Ghosn tells Tokyo court he is innocent

Journalists wait for a vehicle carrying former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn leaving Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Ghosn is getting his day in court to demand the reason for his prolonged detention by Tokyo authorities. The hearing Tuesday would be his first public appearance since his arrest on Nov. 19. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

TOKYO — The Latest on the appearance of former Nissan Motor Co. chairman Carlos Ghosn in Tokyo court (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

The former chairman of Japan's Nissan Motor Co. has told a Tokyo court that he was "wrongfully accused" of false financial reporting and other allegations.

In his first public appearance since he was detained on Nov. 19, Ghosn denied any wrongdoing and proclaimed his loyalty to the company. Explaining Ghosn's lengthy detention, the judge said he was considered a flight risk.

Prosecutors have charged Ghosn, who led a dramatic turnaround at the Japanese automaker over the past two decades, with falsifying financial reports in underreporting his income by about 5 billion yen ($44 million) over five years through 2015.

They also say he is suspected of having Nissan temporarily take on his investment losses from the financial crisis.

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11:40 a.m.

By Yuri Kageyama

The former chairman of Japan's Nissan Carlos Ghosn will assert his innocence in a Tokyo courtroom Tuesday, according to his prepared statement that addresses each of the allegations that led to his Nov. 19 arrest.

The statement, which was to be delivered by Ghosn at his hearing, was released to The Associated Press through a person close to Ghosn and his family. They shared the information on condition anonymity due to its confidential nature.

In the statement Ghosn said the investment losses he was being accused of stemmed from his having to be paid in yen and he had asked Nissan to temporarily take on the collateral, and the company suffered no losses.

Ghosn stressed he had dedicated himself to Nissan.

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9:45 a.m.

The former chairman of Japan's Nissan Motor Co., Carlos Ghosn, is getting his day in court to demand the reason for his prolonged detention — his first public appearance since his Nov. 19 arrest.

Revered in the global auto industry, Ghosn was charged with falsifying financial reports in underreporting his income. The courtroom hearing Tuesday marks his first chance to directly tell his side of the story.

In Japan, suspects are routinely held without bail, often due to fears about tampered evidence. Tokyo prosecutors have said that Ghosn is a flight risk. Ghosn is a Brazilian-born Frenchman of Lebanese ancestry.

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