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Tokyo court does not extend Ghosn’s detention, may soon release him



FILE PHOTO: Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, attends a press conference on the second press day of the Paris auto show, in Paris, France, October 3, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Tokyo District Court said it decided not to extend the detention of Nissan’s ousted chairman Carlos Ghosn, arrested in November for alleged financial misconduct, meaning he may soon be released from jail.

In a rare move, the court also decided to not extend detention for Ghosn’s former deputy, Greg Kelly. Lawyers for Ghosn and Kelly were not immediately available for comment.

Ghosn has been held since Nov. 19, when he was arrested and later indicted for allegedly understating his income over a five-year period from 2010. He was re-arrested on Dec. 10 for the same alleged crime covering the past three years. The 10-day detention period for the second crime ran out on Thursday.

Reporting by Ritsuko Ando and Chris Gallagher; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman