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Lawyer for former Nissan chairman resigns after client flees Japan

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Lawyer for former Nissan chairman resigns after client flees Japan
Lawyer for former Nissan chairman resigns after client flees Japan

Carlos Ghosn fled ahead of his trial for financial misconduct charges.

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Ghosn is living under a travel ban in Lebanon, which has no extradition treaty with Japan. It's unclear if he'll be forced to return.

Ghosn's charges in Japan include underreporting income and a breach of trust involving "having a Nissan subsidiary transfer a massive amount of money to a deposit account in the name of a company effectively owned by him, for his own profit," according to Minister of Justice Masako Mori.

His charges carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, according to the AP.

Nissan on Thursday submitted an "improvement measures status report" to the Tokyo Stock Exchange, outlining new measures the company has taken on to prevent the "recurrence of executive misconduct," according to a statement from the company.

Ghosn has maintained his innocence, speaking out at a news conference last week attacking Tokyo prosecutors and his former employers.

He said he didn't think he would get a fair trial in Japan and slammed the nation's justice system, which has a conviction rate of 99%.

"There is no democratic country I know where you go to jail for these kinds of accusations, even if they were right," Ghosn said.

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16 January 2020, 19:55