Ex-Toyota comms chief Julie Hamp released from jail without charge

Hamp, 55, had been held for 20 days following her arrest for importing oxycodone painkiller

Hamp has been released without charge
Hamp has been released without charge

JAPAN: Ex-Toyota communications boss Julie Hamp has walked free from a Tokyo prison where she had been held for 20 days on suspicion of drugs offences.

She left the jail in Tokyo’s Harajuku district shortly after 3pm local time on Wednesday. Toyota is yet to comment.

Prosecutors decided not to indict Hamp after arresting her on June 18 for importing the painkiller oxycodone.

Hamp is believed to have told prosecutors she needed the painkiller to ease problems with her knees and that she had not meant to break the law.

The parcel was sent to her on June 8 from the US, arriving three days later.

The former Toyota Motor global managing officer and CCO resigned on July 1 with senior managing officer Shigeru Hayakawa taking on her responsibilities.

The automaker, which initially defended Hamp after the arrest, said in a statement that it "accepted her resignation after considering the concerns and inconvenience that recent events have caused our stakeholders."

Hamp relocated to Toyota’s global headquarters in Japan in April after being promoted from North America CCO in March. She was the first female senior executive to reach that level at the automaker.

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