"As we begin the trial phase, I have decided to engage Hironaka-sensei as my legal counsel," said a statement issued on behalf of Ghosn by French public relations firm Image 7.
"I look forward to defending myself vigorously," Ghosn's statement said. "This represents the beginning of the process of not only establishing my innocence but also shedding light on the circumstances that led to my unjust detention."
(Reporting by Gwenaelle Barzic and Sudip Kar-Gupta; editing by Jason Neely)
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