TOKYO — The wife of jailed Nissan director Greg Kelly, who has been called the “mastermind” of the alleged financial misconduct that has embroiled ousted Chairman Carlos Ghosn, said her husband was framed in a “power grab” by CEO Hiroto Saikawa and urged Japanese prosecutors to release him so he can undergo urgent surgery.
In the emotional video message, Dee Kelly defended her husband, who at press time had been in detention in Tokyo since Nov. 19, when both he and Ghosn were arrested in Japan. The video was provided by Greg Kelly’s U.S. lawyer.
In the video, Kelly said both her husband and Ghosn fully believe they did not break the law.
Instead, she said, her husband was swept up in a boardroom coup instigated by Saikawa and a group of other executives bent on seizing control from Ghosn, who oversaw Nissan as chairman at the same time he chaired automotive alliance partners Renault and Mitsubishi.
“Greg has been wrongly accused as part of a power grab by several Nissan executives, headed up by the current CEO, Saikawa,” a sullen Kelly said. “We will be discussing this more in coming days. The truth of this will come out.”
Saikawa has denied any boardroom coup.