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Nissan American executive Greg Kelly released on bail in Japan

Published:Tuesday | December 25, 2018 | 12:04 PM
Nissan Motor Company executive Greg Kelly being released from detention in Japan after being granted bail over the alleged under reporting of his boss Carlos Ghosn's pay.

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. executive Greg Kelly has been released from detention in Japan after being granted bail over the alleged under reporting of his boss Carlos Ghosn's pay.

The late-night release of Kelly, who is American, followed the Tokyo District Court's approval earlier in the day of a bail request filed last week by his Japanese lawyer.

Kelly was freed on 70 million yen (US$635,600) bail, ending his detention after more than a month.

Television footage captured the bespectacled Kelly, wearing a beige jacket, slowly walking out of the detention centre and getting into a black car.

The vehicle carrying Kelly, who was seated next to his lawyer and looking straight ahead, drove past reporters as cameras flashed.

He was expected to go straight to a hospital for treatment of his chronic neck problem.

Kelly and Ghosn were detained in Tokyo immediately after their November 19 arrest.

They are charged with under reporting Ghosn's pay by about 5 billion yen (US$44 million) in 2011-2015.

Kelly's Japanese lawyer sought bail after the court dismissed prosecutors' request for more detention for the two to investigate their second allegation of under reporting Ghosn's 4 billion yen (US$36 million) pay.

Charges for alleged under reporting of 4 billion yen (US$36 million) in the past three years are pending, and no trial date has been set.

Ghosn will be detained until January 1 or longer since he also faces breach of trust allegations.

Prosecutors say Ghosn and Kelly are flight risks.

Following his release, Kelly will have to follow rules set by the court, including those regarding his residence and travel, prosecutors have said.

Kelly, in a statement released Tuesday to the Japanese media through his Japanese lawyer, said he is innocent.

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