Ghosn blames 'rivals' inside Nissan for arrest, denies allegations

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In the interview, he said he has "no doubt" the charges against him - which Nissan says result from a whistleblower operation - were due to "plot and treason" by Nissan executives opposed to plans he was developing to further integrate Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi.

Mr Ghosn is still being held in a Tokyo detention centre pending trial. And Saikawa, a former protege of Ghosn who led the campaign against his ex-boss, said he intends to step down in coming months after reforming the poor governance he says weakened the Japanese carmaker. The homes were no secret and if they had been a problem, he should have been consulted, Ghosn said.

Ghosn's second bail request was rejected on January 22, with prosecutors fearing that he might tamper with evidence or possibly flee.

The Renault-Nissan alliance's future has been shrouded in uncertainty following the arrest of former chairman Carlos Ghosn.

Another accusation against him revolves around some $9 million allegedly paid to him from a joint venture based in The Netherlands but Ghosn rejected this, saying the claims of improper payments were "a distortion of reality".

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The leaders of Nissan Motor Co and Renault SA reaffirmed Thursday their commitment to maintaining an alliance that has grown into one of the world's largest auto manufacturing groups. He has also resigned as chairman and chief executive of French company Renault.

Adding to Nissan's woes, the company reported its first full-year slump in sales in nearly a decade.

Currently Nissan controls Mitsubishi Motors via a 34 per cent shareholding, and owns a 15 per cent non-voting stake in Renault.

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.

Sells 10.83 million units globally in 2018, followed by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance at 10.76 million units.

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Ghosn admitted he was a "strong leader", but argued claims he was a dictator were a distorted version of reality created with "purpose of getting rid of me".

He also defended private properties in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Beirut, Lebanon purchased by Nissan for his use as necessary safe places where he could "work and receive people".

Following Ghosn's arrest, France also informed Tokyo of an intention to press ahead with integration.

As well as the allegations which prompted his arrest, Nissan's investigation "uncovered substantial and convincing evidence of misconduct, resulting in a unanimous board vote to dismiss Ghosn and Kelly", he added.

When asked about his health, he said he was "doing fine".

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