Nissan's Ghosn to appear in court to question his detention

A vehicle presumably carrying former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Ghosn is getting his d

A vehicle presumably carrying former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Ghosn is getting his d

In this Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, file photo, a vehicle presumably carrying former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. G

In this Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, file photo, a vehicle presumably carrying former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. G

A vehicle presumably carrying former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Ghosn is getting his d

A vehicle presumably carrying former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Ghosn is getting his d

Journalists wait for a vehicle carrying former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn leaving Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Ghosn is g

Journalists wait for a vehicle carrying former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn leaving Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Ghosn is g

TV crews prepare in front of Tokyo Detention Center, where former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn is detained, in Tokyo on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Ghosn i

TV crews prepare in front of Tokyo Detention Center, where former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn is detained, in Tokyo on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Ghosn i

Tokyo Detention Center is seen as journalists wait for a vehicle presumably carrying former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves the center in Tokyo on

Tokyo Detention Center is seen as journalists wait for a vehicle presumably carrying former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves the center in Tokyo on

Reporters and cameramen wait outside Tokyo District Court in Tokyo Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn is scheduled to face a T

Reporters and cameramen wait outside Tokyo District Court in Tokyo Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn is scheduled to face a T

Reporters and cameramen wait outside Tokyo District Court in Tokyo Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn is scheduled to face a T

Reporters and cameramen wait outside Tokyo District Court in Tokyo Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn is scheduled to face a T

Reporters and cameramen wait outside Tokyo District Court in Tokyo Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn is scheduled to face a T

Reporters and cameramen wait outside Tokyo District Court in Tokyo Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn is scheduled to face a T

TOKYO (AP) — The former chairman of Japan's Nissan Motor Co., Carlos Ghosn, is getting his day in court to demand the reason for his prolonged detention — his first public appearance since his Nov. 19 arrest.

Revered in the global auto industry, Ghosn was charged with falsifying financial reports in underreporting his income. The courtroom hearing Tuesday marks his first chance to directly tell his side of the story.

Sources close to him say he is asserting his innocence, saying the money, promised as income for later, was never decided on or paid.

In Japan, suspects are routinely held without bail, often due to fears about tampered evidence. Tokyo prosecutors have said that Ghosn is a flight risk. Ghosn is a Brazilian-born Frenchman of Lebanese ancestry.