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Nissan’s Kelly released after month’s detention in Tokyo



Media crews are seen on step ladders in front of the Tokyo Detention Center, where Nissan’s arrested chairman Carlos Ghosn and a former Nissan executive Greg Kelly are being held, in Tokyo, Japan December 25, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO (Reuters) – Former Nissan Motor Co Representative Director Greg Kelly was released late on Tuesday after more than a month in detention over financial-misconduct charges, as a Tokyo court rejected prosecutors’ request to hold the American executive.

Kelly left the Tokyo Detention Center with his lawyer, Yoichi Kitamura, around 10:45 p.m. (1345 GMT) in a taxi, a Reuters witness said. There was no answer at the lawyer’s office in a request for comment on Kelly’s release.

The Tokyo District Court ruled earlier in the evening that Kelly be freed, while Carlos Ghosn, the automaker’s ousted chairman, remains in custody. Kelly paid 70 million yen ($640,000) bail in cash, the court said.

Reporting by Tim Kelly; Writing by William Mallard; Editing by Robin Pomeroy