NIS­SAN’S GHOSN AS­SERTS IN­NO­CENCE AT HEAR­ING

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The for­mer chair­man of Ja­pan’s Nis­san Mo­tor Co., Car­los Ghosn, de­nied any wrong­do­ing at a court hear­ing in Tokyo on Tues­day. It was Ghosn’s first pub­lic ap­pear­ance since he was ar­rested Nov. 19 and charged with false finan­cial re­port­ing. “Your honor, I am in­no­cent of the ac­cu­sa­tions against me,” Ghosn told the judge. “I am wrong­fully ac­cused.” Pros­e­cu­tors have charged Ghosn, who led a turn­around at the Ja­panese au­tomaker over the past two decades, with fal­si­fy­ing finan­cial re­ports in un­der­re­port­ing his in­come by about 5 bil­lion yen ($44 mil­lion) over five years through 2015.

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