Ghosn claims he is the victim of a conspiracy plot

Ex-Nissan boss Ghosn says he is victim of'backstabbing plot

Carlos Ghosn recorded the video statement before he was rearrested and taken into custody

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.

Both Carlos Ghosn, former Nissan chairman and CEO, and Greg Kelly have been removed from the company's board of directors after a shareholder vote.

Ghosn, who has been charged with violating the financial instruments law by under-reporting his remuneration, is also facing charges of aggravated breach of trust connected to allegations he transferred private investment losses to Nissan.

In the brief recording, played by his lawyers at a press conference, Ghosn appeared at a desk in a white shirt and black suit jacket and repeated that he was "innocent of all the charges that have been brought against me". He also said he disagrees with accusations that he was a greedy, dictatorial leader.

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

Ghosn also said, "We're talking about people who really played dirty game into what's happening".

In an interview recorded just before his latest arrest, Ghosn himself called on the French government "to defend me" against a case that he has presented as a "conspiracy" by Nissan executives angry as what they saw as Renault's attempt to dominate the Renault-Nissan alliance.

"We've done many things in Nissan that I'm proud of".

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Mr Le Borgne said that French President Emmanuel Macron was the "key figure" who could act on Mr Ghosn's behalf.

Mr Ghosn was rearrested by prosecutors last week while out on bail in Tokyo after new allegations surfaced triggering a fresh investigation. "The company's focus remains on addressing weaknesses in governance that failed to prevent this misconduct".

At an extraordinary shareholder meeting on Monday, Nissan shareholders voted to dismiss Ghosn, who spearheaded a turnaround at the ailing Japanese carmaker almost 20 years ago, from its board.

Hironaka said he would appeal Ghosn's latest detention and would appeal to the Supreme Court about his new arrest.

"The word is not too strong", Zimeray argued, accusing the judiciary in Japan, where suspects can be kept for 23 days without charge and are often kept behind bars until their trial, of "taking a person hostage until they crack and make a confession". She said she hopes Macron will help her husband win release from the Tokyo Detention House.

A lawyer for his family, Francois Zimeray, told France Info public radio Monday that Ghosn's lawyers had written to the Tokyo prosecutor's office to ask them "to stop torturing Carlos Ghosn".

Shortly after his arrest, his wife Carole - who had been living in Tokyo with Ghosn while he was on bail - left Japan.

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