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Carlos Ghosn says he's the innocent victim of a Nissan conspiracy

Former Nissan Motor Co boss Carlos Ghosn says he's innocent of all the charges against him.
Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn. Photo: ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images

Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn said in a video broadcast by his lawyers Tuesday he's the victim of a conspiracy by some executives at the Japanese automaker.

What he's saying: "This is about a plot, this is about conspiracy, this is about backstabbing — that's what we are talking about," Ghosn says in the pre-recorded video. "It happened because there was first a fear that the next step of the alliance... would in a certain way threaten some people or eventually threaten the autonomy of Nissan."

Details: His lawyer said at a press conference that broadcast the video the legal team had redacted parts of the footage in which he names Nissan executives he says were involved in the conspiracy.

The big picture: Ghosn was the architect of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance — the largest carmaker in the world before his first arrest in November for alleged financial misconduct. He posted bail in Tokyo last month but was arrested again last week on suspicion of aggravated breach of trust. He maintains he's innocent of all charges. Nissan shareholders voted Monday to remove from him from the board.