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2 lawyers for ex-Nissan chief Ghosn resign

Two lawyers working for former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn resigned Wednesday, one of them said, as a Japanese court prepares for his trial over alleged financial misconduct.

They filed their resignations at the Tokyo District Court, Ghosn’s chief lawyer Motonari Otsuru told reporters.

The resignations come as the court is scheduled to hold a meeting Thursday with prosecutors and the lawyers to discuss how they will proceed with the trial of Ghosn, who was arrested in November along with his close aide Greg Kelly.

Ghosn has been detained in Tokyo, accused of understating his remuneration in Nissan’s financial statements for years and transferring derivatives losses from his private asset management company to the Japanese automaker’s books.

Both Ghosn and Kelly, who has been released on bail, have denied their allegations against them.

Nissan quickly removed Ghosn as chairman after his arrest, and the head of France’s Renault SA replaced him as chairman and CEO last month.

The heads of the two carmakers will meet Thursday in Japan to discuss the future of their alliance.

All — Kyodo News+

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