Two Lawyers Quit Defending Ghosn


Tokyo, Feb. 13 (Jiji Press)--Two lawyers defending former Nissan Motor Co. <7201> Chairman Carlos Ghosn, including Motonari Otsuru, have submitted their resignations to Tokyo District Court, Otsuru revealed Wednesday.

Ghosn, 64, has been indicted on charges including aggravated breach of trust under Japan's companies law.

Junichiro Hironaka has been chosen to be Ghosn's new defense counsel, people familiar with the matter said.

Together with fellow lawyer Yoichi Kitamura, Hironaka has won acquittals in high-profile cases--one in which businessman Kazuyoshi Miura was charged for arranging the murder of his wife for insurance money around the turn of the century and another in which House of Representatives lawmaker Ichiro Ozawa was forcibly indicted on charges of violating the political funds control law in 2011.

Kitamura now represents former Nissan Representative Director Greg Kelly, 62, who was indicted together with Nissan on charges of hiding Ghosn's pay in violation of the financial instruments law.

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