Carlos Ghosn’s Japanese lawyers quit after the former Nissan boss runs away

FILE PHOTO: Junichiro Hironaka, lead attorney for the ousted president of Nissan Motor Co Ltd, Carlos Ghosn, attends a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, on March 4, 2019. REUTERS / Issei Kato / File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese lawyers representing Carlos Ghosn, including lead attorney Junichiro Hironaka, resigned on Thursday after the former Nissan chief’s flight to Lebanon from Japan, where he had been fighting for charges of financial misconduct.

In an email statement, Hironaka said that everyone involved in the case in his practice had resigned. A spokeswoman there refused to give a reason.

A second lawyer on Ghosn’s three-person legal team, Takashi Takano, also resigned on Thursday, according to an official at his office.

A person who answered the phone at the office of the third lawyer, Hiroshi Kawatsu, said he did not know if he still represented the former automotive executive.

Ghosn, who fled Tokyo last month, told Reuters in an interview in Beirut with his wife Carole on Wednesday that he was happy to stay in Lebanon for the rest of his life and said he was treated with “brutality” during his detention. and bail. in Japan. Carole said he was “done with Japan.”

Japan has issued international search notices for the couple, which means they will both live in Lebanon as fugitives and could be arrested if they leave their country. Japan’s Minister of Justice, Masako Mori, described Ghosn’s criticism of his country’s judicial system as “absolutely intolerable.”

Hironaka, who previously expressed disappointment at his client’s decision to escape, had said he would resign once his client had cleared his account.

Hired by Ghosn in February, the 74-year-old lawyer is known for his combative style. He has been called the “Razor” after winning high-profile cases, including the acquittal of a senior legislator on charges of financial misconduct and the exoneration of a bureaucrat jailed for four months on charges of corruption fabricated by prosecutors.

Reports by Sam Nussey and Tim Kelly; Edition of Muralikumar Anantharaman and Raju Gopalakrishnan

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