"I have been wrongly accused and unfairly detained based on meritless and unsubstantiated accusations", Ghosn told the Tokyo District Court, according to a report from Reuters. The lawyers have said they will appeal to a higher court.
Prosecutors have arrested Ghosn for allegedly transferring personal investment losses to Nissan during the 2008 global financial crisis and causing damage to the automaker by making it pay $14.7 million to Khaled Al-Juffali, the businessman who guaranteed credit for Ghosn, between 2009 and 2012.
Addressing charges he underreported his income for eight years until March 2018, Ghosn said he kept track of how much he could have been paid elsewhere as "an internal benchmark. for my own future reference", but this data was never shared with other directors. The Leaf was among the achievements for Nissan that Ghosn highlighted in his statement to the judge.
The new model, launched on Tuesday in Las Vegas, narrows the driving-range gap versus Tesla's Model 3 and General Motors' Chevrolet Bolt.More news: AC Milan chief Leonardo admits frustration with Chelsea target Higuain
The Leaf that's on sale now costs about 3 million yen ($28,000), according to Nissan.
The Leaf e+ gets faster acceleration and has more torque than the older model and offers 40 percent more range at 458 kilometers (285 miles) per charge, as measured under Japanese regulations, compared with the old model's 322 kilometers (200 miles).
It is also an ecological technology and can be greatly boosted by government policies.More news: Self-driving Tesla hits and kills an autonomous robot at CES
His co-accused, Nissan director Greg Kelly, was released on bail before Christmas. He has not been suspected of breach of trust. Presiding judge Yuichi Tada said that Ghosn is a possible flight risk and he might have tried to hide evidence if he wasn't detained.
During the hearing on Tuesday, the once high-flying auto industry executive denied accusations of falsifying financial reports.More news: Kevin Hart Apologizes for His Past Anti-LGBTQ Comments