Pedestrians pass a TV screen showing a news program featuring Carlos Ghosn's first day in court in Tokyo on January 8, 2019. Photo: AFP/ Behrouz Mehri

Nissan shareholders are expected to sack Carlos Ghosn from its board on Monday, as the detained former chairman defends himself against multiple charges of financial misconduct that have resulted in his detention.

The extraordinary shareholders’ meeting at a Tokyo hotel is the first such gathering since the November 19 arrest of the 65-year-old auto sector executive.

Shareholders will vote on the removal of Ghosn, who was once viewed as the Japanese car giant’s savior, and his replacement by Renault chairman Jean-Dominique Senard.

They will also likely jettison board member Greg Kelly, a US executive who served as Ghosn’s right-hand man and who also faces charges in Japan.

Nissan sacked Ghosn as chairman almost immediately after his initial arrest but an extraordinary meeting of shareholders is required to remove him from the board.

– with reporting by Agence France-Presse

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