April 2, 2019 / 6:39 AM / 3 months ago

Ghosn would not get fair trial if tried alongside former employer Nissan, lawyer says

FILE PHOTO: Former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves his lawyer Junichiro Hironaka's office in Tokyo, Japan, March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Ousted Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn would not get a fair trial by a Tokyo court if he were tried alongside his former employer, a lawyer for Ghosn said on Tuesday, saying the carmaker was more like a prosecutor than a defendant in the case.

“No matter how you look at it, having Ghosn sit alongside Nissan at the trial would be peculiar, it would go against his right to a fair trial,” Junichiro Hironaka told a briefing.

Earlier on Tuesday, lawyers for the former Nissan Motor chairman said they asked a Tokyo court that he stand trial for alleged financial wrongdoing separately from Nissan because the company is helping prosecutors.

Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu and Tim Kelly; Writing by David Dolan

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