Ghosn to appear first time publicly in 7 weeks in court on Tuesday

Carlos Ghosn Renault-Nissan

Ousted Nissan Motor CEO Carlos Ghosn is going to make his first public appearance in seven weeks at a Tokyo court on Tuesday after he asked an open hearing to hear the reason for his continued detention.

Ghosn has been held in a detention center since arrest on 19 November on allegations of financial misconduct, which was followed by re-arrests over more allegations.

The hearing will occur at 10:30 local time (0130 GMT) on January 8, the Tokyo District Court stated on Friday. The reason behind the timing of Ghosn’s request was unclear.

Previously this week, the court approved an extension to Ghosn’s detention until January 11, after re-arrest by prosecutors who allege him of aggravated breach of trust in moving personal investment losses to Nissan.

Those accusations center on the utilization of company funds to pay a Saudi businessman who is believed to have assisted him out of financial difficulties, sources said last week.

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