Carlos Ghosn's lawyers have asked the Tokyo District Court to dismiss all charges against the former Nissan Motor Co Ltd chairman, saying prosecutors colluded with government officials and Nissan executives to oust him from his post.
Hiroto Saikawa, the chief executive of scandal-plagued Nissan, acknowledged receiving inappropriate payments from the Japanese automaker but denied he ordered it or knew about it.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles withdrew the proposal late Wednesday, citing "political conditions in France" after the French government, Renault's biggest shareholder, asked for five more days to review the deal and obtain support from Nissan.
Crisis-hit Japanese automaker Nissan slashed its full-year forecast as nine-month net profit dropped 45 percent in the first earnings report since the stunning arrest of former chairman Carlos Ghosn.
Macron said he had discussed with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the situation surrounding the arrest of Franco-Brazilian-Lebanese executive, Carlos Ghosn.
Ghosn, credited with rescuing Nissan from near-bankruptcy two decades ago, appeared thinner then before his arrest as he entered a court in handcuffs and a rope around his waist, wearing a dark suit without a tie.
The growing case against the auto tycoon represents a stunning reversal of fortune for a man once revered in Japan and beyond for his ability to turn around automakers, including Nissan.
Some discussions about compensating Renault-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn out of the public eye were not confined to the Japanese carmaker, but also included Renault executives. Ghosn was arrested on November 19 in Japan on suspicion of fraud.
Ousted Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested on November 19 on suspicion of conspiring to understate his compensation by about half of the actual $88 million (10 billion yen) over five years from 2010.
Carlos Ghosn, one of the world's most influential executives, is under arrest in a shocking turn of events that raises questions about the future of his sprawling Franco-Japanese auto group.
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