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Chief Japanese Lawyer Representing Carlos Ghosn’s Case Resigns

Japanese attorneys representing Carlos Ghosn, including head lawyer Junichiro Hironaka, quit Thursday after the former Nissan chief flew to Lebanon from Japan, where he had been fighting financial misconduct charges.

In an emailed statement, Hironaka mentioned that everyone concerned in the case at his practice had resigned.

A spokesperson there denied giving a reason.

A second lawyer in Ghosn’s three-person legal group, Takashi Takano, also quit Thursday, in accordance with a delegate at his office.

An individual who answered the phone at the office of the third lawyer, Hiroshi Kawatsu, stated she didn’t know if he still represented the former automotive executive.

Ghosn, who fled from Tokyo last month along with his spouse Carole said he was happy to stay in Lebanon for the remainder of his life and claimed he was treated with “brutality” throughout his detention and bail in Japan. Carole stated she was “done with Japan.”

Japan has issued worldwide wanted notices for the couple, which implies the two will stay in Lebanon as refugees and could be arrested if they leave their nation.

Japan’s Justice Minister Masako Mori has described Ghosn’s criticism of her nation’s judicial system as “absolutely intolerable.”

Hironaka, who earlier expressed disappointment at his client’s decision to flee, had said he would quit once his client had settled his case.

Hired by Ghosn in February, the 74-year-old lawyer is noted for his combative strategies.

He was called the “Razor” after winning high-profile cases, including the acquittal of a senior legislator on financial misconduct charges and the release of a bureaucrat jailed for four months on corruption allegations fabricated by prosecutors.

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