The leader of the nobles thinks for a bit, then replies:
"It is not surprising that you would deny to be the accused man. That would be the best defense after all. But you could also have expected to not be identified, and therefore risked entering the duchy under the same name as previously, for as you say, the name of Ninovete is established as a seller of elixirs..." he pauses, then continues
"The brewing and selling of such elixirs is in themselves a crime, and therefore there is no reason to put trust in your words. I say that if anyone will witness that this man is Ninovete, Ninovete will die!" he sums up, bowing to the duke, his wording and tone clearly implying that if the duke says that Closmir is Ninovete, the nobles will accept it and condemn him.
The duke however walks straight up to Closmir:
"The nobles of this duchy has to great trust in my abilities, it seems. I however will not testify to such an effect. I have never met Ninovete, and the only person that should testify in this case will not be subjected to such hardships. You will come to my castle, and spells will be cast to determine the truth or falsehood of your words this very day.
If you speak true, you will have my deepest apologies as well as help in setting up a honest business in stead of this shameful scam. If you speak false, you will only find death on the end of my blade here!" he sums up
The Elders then rise, and one of them speaks:
"We will cast the spell in the grand hall of the duke. However, casting such a spell prevents this court from judging the accused. So is the law of Triman after the blessing of wisdom from Svarog. Therefore, if the accused admits under the spell that he is the wanted man, he will be held until a king is elected in Triman or a trial by battle is held."