TOKYO — Embattled auto executive Carlos Ghosn will finally tell his side of the story Tuesday, when the ousted Nissan chairman appears before a Japanese court for his first public hearing since being arrested and locked away in a Tokyo detention center nearly two months ago.
The hearing, expected to run about an hour at the Tokyo District Court not far from the capital city's Imperial Palace, was called by Ghosn's lawyers through a rarely used Japanese legal proviso that allows suspects to petition the court to hear a justification of their detention.
While the hearing is unlikely to change the course of the case, it provides Ghosn his first chance to defend himself in public, influence the local media and stoke public opinion in his favor.
Ghosn was arrested Nov. 19 and has been unable to answer the mounting accusations from detention. His lawyers have been largely mum in public. Japanese media and people familiar with Ghosn's defense, however, say he denies wrongdoing and will fight to restore his reputation.
Following the hearing, Ghosn's Japanese lawyers — Motonari Otsuru, Go Kondo and Masato Oshikubo — will go on the offensive with a news conference at Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan. They are expected to outline his defense and answer questions publicly for the first time.