Carlos ghosns deputy has pleaded not guilty to monetary misconduct charges in the opening of his test in tokyo, and defended the previous nissan president as an exceptional executive despite their lack as both a defendant and witness.

I was not tangled up in a criminal conspiracy, greg kelly said on tuesday, doubting charges he aided mr ghosn conceal the genuine scale of his pay through a deferred settlement system.

This matter needs already been solved at nissan, included the former head of appropriate affairs who had been using a mask, red-striped link and a dark fit.

Mr ghosn, which continues to be the topic of a worldwide arrest warrant and extradition row, skipped bail and fled from tokyo to beirut in december, saying he'd never get a reasonable test in japan. he's got rejected the allegations against him.

Mr kelly has-been forced to stay in japan under a combination of custody and bail for almost couple of years.

The american attorney, with mr ghosn and nissan, happens to be charged with breaking japanese law by failing woefully to use in financial documents 9.2bn ($87m) in deferred compensation your former president was set to obtain over an eight-year duration.

A nissan agent appearing in the exact same trial stated the business will never contest the costs.

In an opening statement that lasted about a quarter-hour, mr kelly, just who switched 64 on tuesday, additionally defended mr ghosns legacy in revitalizing nissan from near personal bankruptcy inside late 1990s.

Despite extensive scepticism about nissans leads when mr ghosn joined up with the carmaker from the alliance partner renault, mr kelly said he proved professionals wrong.

Mr ghosn additionally fiercely protected nissans freedom from renault, he included.

From the previous chairmans compensation, mr kelly said he also nissan professionals conducted researches to find a lawful approach to compensating mr ghosn. evidence will show that i didn't break the law.