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The main lawyer of Carlos Ghosn, who was arrested on 19 November and held since then in a prison in Tokyo for the embezzlement alleged, announced Wednesday, to withdraw from the folder.
Motonari Otsuru, a former prosecutor who was responsible for the defence of the builder of the auto alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Motors, “submitted a letter of resignation to the court,” as well as his colleague Masato Oshikubo, according to a press release from the law firm.
No reason has been provided to explain this decision, which comes at a time when a first meeting was scheduled for Thursday between lawyers, judges and prosecutors to prepare for the trial.
M. Otsuru, 63 years old, had the delicate mission to defend the former captain of industry once revered for having saved the japanese manufacturer Nissan from bankruptcy, and today vilified.
Former head of the elite unit currently in charge of the investigation, it has only a single press conference in early January, displaying a composure that contrast with the verve of the tenors of the bar that you can see elsewhere.
It was then shown to be pessimistic about the prospects of bail for Carlos Ghosn before the opening of his trial, in several months.
In an interview at the end of January to the AFP in a visiting room of the prison of Kosuge, north of Tokyo, the businessman franco-lebanese-brazilian had blasted his prolonged detention, a situation that would not be “normal”, according to him, “in no other democracy”.
Covered by the three indictments for abuse of trust and reduction of income to the stock market authorities on the period from 2010 to 2018, he denies any wrongdoing.