TOKYO — Greg Kelly, the American executive accused of aiding ousted Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn in allegedly misappropriating funds from the automaker, has a high chance of being acquitted, a prominent former Japanese prosecutor believes.
Kelly, a former Nissan administrative and human resources executive from Nashville, was arrested with Ghosn in Tokyo in November 2018. He is still awaiting trial there, while Ghosn illegally slipped out of the country late last year to reside in Lebanon. Both men were charged with illegally concealing some $80 million in deferred compensation due to Ghosn after retirement.
Both Ghosn and Kelly denied the charges against them, but his boss' surprise departure from Japan leaves Kelly to face court by himself.