Americans accused of serving to Carlos Ghosn escape extradited to Japan

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Mar 2, 2021

Two Americans have been extradited to Japan in relation to Lebanese businessman Carlos Ghosn’s escape from the nation.

Former US Army Green Beret Michael Taylor and his son Peter Taylor had been extradited to Japan on Tuesday morning, a Justice Department spokeswoman instructed Al-Monitor.

The Taylors had been first arrested in May of final 12 months within the US state of Massachusetts after a Japanese request in relation to Ghosn’s escape from Japan.

Ghosn was CEO of the Japanese automotive firm Nissan from 2001-2017 and chairman from 2001-2018. He was arrested in 2018 in Japan for alleged monetary misconduct, which he denied. He was launched on bail in April 2019. He then fled to Lebanon through a flight to Istanbul in what later turned a extremely publicized escape on the finish of the identical 12 months.

Court paperwork the Justice Department despatched to Al-Monitor allege that the Taylors flew to Japan and helped facilitate his escape.

A lawyer for the Taylors didn’t instantly reply to Al-Monitor’s request for remark. Their attorneys beforehand instructed NBC Boston that their shoppers denied the fees.

“This distinguished former member of the US Army Special Forces and his son did not commit any crime and are being pursued by Japan in an effort to save face after the departure of Carlos Ghosn from their country,” they mentioned, as reported by the outlet.

A US Supreme Court justice dominated in favor of the extradition in February following an emergency attraction. Japan additionally named a Lebanese citizen as an confederate within the escape, based on Agence France-Presse.