Ghosn says he is facing 'army' against him

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Ghosn was arrested in Japan last November on a string of financial misconduct charges relating to his former role as Nissan chairman, including claims he under-reported his salary and transferred personal financial losses from foreign exchange contracts to Nissan.

However, the French-Japanese alliance is now facing a crisis for the past two months with their leader, Carlos Ghosn being arrested by the Tokyo police on the financial misconduct charges. The plans had been discussed with Nissan President Hiroto Saikawa in September, he added.

Ghosn stepped down as chairman and CEO of Renault, France's largest carmaker, last week after Nissan stripped him of his role as chairman.

Nissan Motor Co.'s global sales totalled 5.65 million vehicles previous year, while Renault SA of France, which owns 43 per cent of Nissan, recorded global sales of 3.9 million vehicles. He resigned as chairman and chief executive of French company Renault.

Ghosn acknowledged that "there was a plan to integrate" Renault SA, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Nissan and that he wanted "autonomy under one holding company".

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Carlos Ghosn told French media he is having to battle an "army" that is against him, as he remains in detention in Japan accused of financial misconduct at Nissan.

He spoke to the Japanese newspaper for about 20 minutes from the detention centre where he has spent more than two months.

The executive, once a towering figure of the vehicle industry, denies any wrongdoing.

Japanese courts repeatedly denied Ghosn's requests for bail after prosecutors argued he's a flight risk, and his lawyers say he could stay in custody until a trial that may be six months away.

The newspaper said Ghosn did not appear exhausted or flustered and when asked about his health, he said he was "doing fine".

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Ghosn's lawyers have failed to get bail due to the court's concerns he would be a flight risk and also possibly try to hide or destroy evidence.

The current leader of the light vehicles segment, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is further looking to share more vehicle parts in order to increase its profit margins. "I won't flee, I will defend [myself]", Ghosn said.

Luxury properties in Rio de Janeiro and Beirut, which were held up as misuse of company funds, were approved by the legal department for business purposes, he claimed. He justified the houses on the grounds that he "needed a safe place where [he] can work and receive people in both Brazil and Lebanon".

"I don't understand why I am still being detained", he was quoted as saying, adding he could not tamper with evidence because "All the evidence is with Nissan".

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