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Greg Kelly pleads not guilty in closing session of trial

  • October 28, 2021
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All national papers reported on the closing argument made by the defense counsel of former Nissan executive Greg Kelly during yesterday’s hearing at the Tokyo District Court, noting that the U.S. businessman categorically denied the allegation that he underreported former Chairman Carlos Ghosn’s renumeration by 9.1 billion yen ($80 million) by saying, “I did not commit any crime.” The defendant reportedly underscored that he had held discussions with lawyers inside and outside Nissan on how to compensate Ghosn “legally.” The presiding judge is expected to issue a ruling on March 3.


In a related development, Yomiuri ran an interview with Ghosn that was conducted remotely ahead of the final session of Kelly’s trial, quoting the international fugitive as saying: “Kelly is innocent.” Concerning his own case Ghosn reportedly said he was framed by Nissan and the prosecutors and defended his flight from Japan by saying: “I wanted to be in a place where I could protect myself and speak freely.” Asked whether he intends to stand trial in Japan, Ghosn was quoted as saying: “Are you kidding?”

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