Tokyo: The Japanese legal team of ousted Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn has formally resigned after the executives escape from the country while out on bail and awaiting trial, it was confirmed on Thursday. Both Junichiro Hironaka, Ghosn’s principal lawyer and one of the most respected in the country, and Takashi Takano, who helped arrange bail for Ghosn, have resigned, their respective offices confirmed to Efe news.
The revelation of the lawyers’ resignations came the same day in which a preparatory meeting was held for the trial, the start of which was scheduled for this spring and is now uncertain given Ghosn’s unlikely return to Tokyo.
Japanese law does not allow defendants to be tried in absentia for cases such as that which concerns Ghosn, although no final decision on this case has been announced. Ghosn’s lawyers were scheduled to participate in Thursday’s meeting to explain the auto executive’s escape and his activities while on bail but did not attend. (IANS)