Ex-Nissan chief says executives conspired leading to his arrest

Ousted Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn, above, has alleged a conspiracy behind his arrest by some executives who feared he was planning to merge the company with France’s Renault. 

Ghosn was former head of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Motors alliance.

In a seven-and-a-half-minute video made by his lawyers a day before his re-arrest on April 4, Ghosn denies any wrongdoing and says some executives backstabbed him by twisting facts and painting him as a greedy dictator.

The video was played at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo.

Ghosn had named the executives in the video but because of legal risks involved, defence lawyers edited them with his consent.

The video was made as his lawyers suspected prosecutors may re-arrest him to prevent his April 14 press conference in which he was expected to reveal the “dirty game” behind his arrest.

In the video, Ghosn expresses his concern over Nissan’s poor performance and the general lack of vision over Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance.

In it, Ghosn says he still loves Japan and Nissan despite the ordeal he had to go through.

According to Ghosn’s lawyers, prosecutors are trying to extract a confession from him.

They have already seized his wife Carol’s Lebanese passport, mobile phone and a surveillance camera installed at the entrance of his home.

Shortly after Ghosn’s arrest, his wife fled the country as she felt unsafe there. Her US passport and support from the French ambassador helped her flee.

Ghosn’s lawyers are not sure whether he will get a fair trial.