Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
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Lawyer defending ex-Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn resigns

Lawyer defending ex-Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn resigns

Carlos Ghosn's Japanese lawyers, hired after the former Nissan Motor chairman was sent to jail in November, have asked to be removed from the case, potentially hurting his defence against the financial misconduct allegations that have shocked the global auto industry.

A brief statement said only that "today Otsuru and (Masato) Oshikubo submitted letters of resignation to the court as the defence lawyers for the case of Mr Ghosn".

Former head of the alliance Ghosn is being held in Japan on charges he under-reported millions of dollars in pay as head of Nissan. It was the latest twist in Ghosn's legal battle after he was arrested in November.

Nissan said on Tuesday that it had recognised around 9 billion yen ($84 million) in additional expenses linked to payments to Ghosn.

It was unclear why Ohtsuru was no longer representing Ghosn or if Ghosn had dismissed him. Another attorney chosen to represent the 64-year-old also resigned as of Wednesday.

"Renault has gathered sufficient evidence to understand and regret the methods used by Nissan and its lawyers to seek interviews with Renault employees through the Japanese public prosecutor's office", they said. The reports cited unnamed sources as is customary with Japanese media and could not immediately be confirmed. It declined comment until his return.

Ghosn has tried without success to gain release on bail, offering to wear an electronic monitoring tether.

Nissan was seeking "evidence to support allegations against Carlos Ghosn after his arrest" and failed to consult its French partner, according to the newspaper.

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