Ghosn to Claim Plea Bargains with Nissan Officials Were Illegal


Tokyo, Oct. 24 (Jiji Press)--Former Nissan Motor Co. <7201> Chairman Carlos Ghosn plans to argue in court that plea bargains public prosecutors made with two senior officials at the Japanese automaker over a scandal involving his pay were illegal, his lawyers said Thursday.

The claim, along with a call for dropping charges of financial misconduct against Ghosn, was submitted in writing to Tokyo District Court, the lawyers said at a press conference.

Ghosn's trial is expected to start as early as next spring.

"With the plea-bargaining deals, Nissan attempted to oust Ghosn and prevent a possible merger with Renault SA," the lawyers said of the Japanese company's French partner, claiming that the deals were against the spirit of the law.

The lawyers also claimed that Ghosn has been indicted based on illegal investigations carried out in Japan and abroad. While seeking to dismiss charges against Ghosn, they insisted that the statute of limitations has already run out on some of them.

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