Former Nissan Motor Co. CEO Carlos Ghosn on Thursday criticized the guilty verdict handed to his former aide Greg Kelly by a Tokyo court for helping him underreport his remuneration, saying it was a "face-saving" judgment for the prosecutors and Japanese automaker.

In an online interview with Kyodo News, Ghosn also condemned the Tokyo District Court's description of him as the "chief culprit in the case," saying the fact that the judge made such a determination about a person not on trial showed the "arrogance" of Japan's justice system.

It was "very sad to see the judge comment on me in my absence," Ghosn said, speaking in Lebanon where he fled from Tokyo in late 2019 after he jumped bail following his arrest in November 2018.