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Star witness in Ghosn trial points finger at ex-Nissan executive

Toshiaki Onuma grilled by defense after saying Greg Kelly is complicit in crimes

Former Nissan Motor Chariman Carlos Ghosn leaves the Tokyo Detention House in Tokyo last year. He has since fled to Lebanon where he now resides.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The prosecution's star witness in a trial of a former Nissan executive accused of helping Carlos Ghosn commit financial crimes wrapped up his testimony this week, accusing company executives of conspiring to compensate the former Nissan chairman while avoiding public disclosure in testimony that has stunned corporate Japan.

The witness, Toshiaki Onuma, 61, finished his testimony at the Tokyo District Court in a trial against Greg Kelly, Nissan's former representative director and Ghosn's deputy. Kelly, an American citizen, was arrested with Ghosn two years ago for financial misconduct, but because Ghosn made a dramatic escape from Japan last year to avoid trial, Kelly, along with Nissan, are the only defendants.

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