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Nissan's Ghosn crisis

Ghosn vs prosecutors: Battleground moves to court

Experts split on requirement to report director's pay

Nissan's global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan. The company, along with former Chairman Carlos Ghosn, was indicted Monday. (Photo by Maho Obata)

TOKYO -- The legal drama of Carlos Ghosn has entered its second act with the indictment Monday of the ousted Nissan Motor chairman on charges of understating his income, setting the stage for an unprecedented court battle that will hinge on unclear reporting standards and his intent.

Ghosn and former Representative Director Greg Kelly are charged with underreporting Ghosn's compensation by a total of about 5 billion yen ($44 million) for five years through March 2015. The pair were also rearrested the same day, accused of misstating Ghosn's income by about another 4 billion yen over three years through March 2018, bringing the total to just over 9.1 billion yen.

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