Carlos Ghosn's escape - Two US men extradited to Japan
December 6, 2022
USA

Carlos Ghosn’s escape – Two US men extradited to Japan

BOSTON (US) – An American father and son who are awaiting trial on financial charges and accused of helping former Nissan Motor Co Ltd Chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan in a box have been handed over to Japanese prosecutors. The announcement comes as a setback while the lawyers were trying to avoid sending U.S. Army Special Forces veteran Michael Taylor and his son, Peter Taylor to Japan.

The Taylors are alleged to have helped Ghosn flee Japan on Dec. 29, 2019, hidden in a box and on a private jet before reaching his childhood home, Lebanon, which has no extradition treaty with Japan. The duo have been in US custody since their arrest in May.

However, the U.S. Supreme Court had cleared the way for the extradition last month itself. Paul Kelly, their lawyer, confirmed they were en route for Japan aboard a flight from Boston scheduled to arrive in Tokyo around 1600 local time (0700 GMT). “This is a sad day for the family, and for all who believe that veterans deserve better treatment from their own country,” he said in a statement.

The U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. State Department declined to comment. The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office, which will handle the case, also declined to comment.

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