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Ex-Nissan boss Ghosn's chief defence lawyer resigns; no reason given

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(Reuters) - Ex-Carlos Ghosn's chief defence lawyer, Motonari Otsuru, has resigned, his office said Wednesday, a stunning twist to the nearly three-month case over alleged financial misconduct by the one-time saviour of

Japan's Sankei newspaper said Ghosn had hired as Otsuru's replacement.

No reason was given for the resignation in a statement distributed by Otsuru's firm. Staff at his office confirmed his resignation but would not give a reason.

A second member of Ghosn's defence team, Masato Oshikubo, from Otsuru's office, also quit, the statement said. Staff at the office of Go Kondo, Ghosn's third defence lawyer, were unavailable for comment.

Hironaka was not immediately available for comment.

Ghosn has been held in detention since his Nov. 19 arrest and indicted on three charges for under-reporting his salary and breach of trust.

Ghosn denies the charges and told the Nikkei newspaper that executives opposed to his plans for closer ties with automaking partner plotted to remove him.

(Reporting by and Tim Kelly; Writing by Malcolm Foster; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 13:36 IST