• April 19, 2019

Ghosn’s lawyers ask his trial be separate from those of Nissan, ex-director Kelly

FILE PHOTO: Former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn sits inside a automotive as he leaves his lawyer’s workplace after being launched on bail from Tokyo Detention Home, in Tokyo, Japan, March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Picture

TOKYO (Reuters) – Attorneys for ousted Nissan Motor boss Carlos Ghosn on Tuesday requested a Tokyo court docket that he stand trial for alleged monetary wrongdoing individually from his former employer, saying he wouldn’t get a good listening to in any other case.

The request marks the primary main authorized maneuver by Ghosn’s new authorized crew, which took over his case in February and is headed by a high-profile protection lawyer, Junichiro Hironaka, extensively know as “the razor” for his courtroom prowess.

Ghosn was arrested in Tokyo in November after Nissan instructed prosecutors its personal inner investigation uncovered proof of wrongdoing. The Japanese automaker subsequently ousted Ghosn as chairman.

Together with Ghosn and Greg Kelly, an in depth Ghosn affiliate who served as a director on Nissan’s board, prosecutors have additionally indicted the corporate itself for making false disclosures in annual securities experiences, for which it has expressed remorse.

“Regardless of the way you have a look at it, having Ghosn sit alongside Nissan on the trial could be peculiar, it will go towards his proper to a good trial,” Hironaka instructed a briefing.

Ghosn faces legal costs in Japan over failing to report round $82 million in wage from Nissan, and for briefly transferring private monetary losses onto Nissan’s books through the international monetary disaster.

Each Ghosn and Kelly have denied the wrongdoing.

Hironaka instructed the briefing that his crew wished Ghosn’s case separated from that of Kelly’s as a result of Kelly is a possible key witness for the Ghosn protection.

Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu and Tim Kelly; Writing by David Dolan; Modifying by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Christopher Cushing


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