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A new female witness questioned in Greg Kelly trial

This courtroom sketch illustrated by Masato Yamashita depicts former Nissan executive Greg Kelly attending his first hearing at the Tokyo district court on September 15, 2020. Greg Kelly, a former aide to ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, pleaded not guilty on September 15 to allegations of financial misconduct as his trial began in Tokyo. (AFP)
This courtroom sketch illustrated by Masato Yamashita depicts former Nissan executive Greg Kelly attending his first hearing at the Tokyo district court on September 15, 2020. Greg Kelly, a former aide to ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, pleaded not guilty on September 15 to allegations of financial misconduct as his trial began in Tokyo. (AFP)
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23 Dec 2020 08:12:36 GMT9
23 Dec 2020 08:12:36 GMT9

Arab News Japan

TOKYO: The defence attorneys of Greg Kelly and the prosecution on Dec. 23, questioned a new female witness whose identity was not disclosed.

They investigated details of the payments in terms of how it was appropriated to the board of directors on categories which were described as “long” and “short.”

Appearing as a witness at Tokyo District Court in a trial for Greg Kelly over Ghosn’s suspected cover-up of part of his pay.

The witness explained the breakdown of the payments and how she was instructed by Carlos Ghosn and Me. Ohnuma, Head of Secretariat Department who made a deal with the prosecution.

She was talking in the court room from behind a panel shield  that covered her face but her voice was heard. There was an English translation of the proceedings.

Kelly was accompanied by his defence team, who were focused and taking notes. Meanwhile, Kelly’s wife, Dee, was also in the room.

It is believed this new female witness will support the prosecution’s case against Ghosn. Further, in the session today, Kelly’s defence was asking this witness whether some of the instructions came directly from Ghosn himself to which she replied, “yes.”

Observers say Kelly’s defence throughout the trial and the examination of witnesses seemed to emphasize Ghosn’s “extravagant lifestyle and luxurious taste” and eventually redirected the blame towards  him.

The proceedings were still in progress and is planned to resume tomorrow.

Ghosn fled Japan to Lebanon late last year while on bail awaiting a trial over his alleged financial misconduct

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