2 Americans Tied to Carlos Ghosn’s Escape to Be Extradited to Japan
Tokyo – Two American men are believed to have helped former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, who escaped to Japan in a speaker box in 2019, as he made his final move to block his extradition from the United States to Japan on Saturday Lost the bid.
Without comment, US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer A request denied Lawyers for two people – Michael Taylor, 60, a former Green Beret, and his son Peter Maxwell Taylor, 27 – suspended a lower court order that cleared the way for them to be sent to Japan to face trial Given.
Two people wanted for their roles A prank that seemed straight out of a Hollywood movie, By running under the right tip of the country’s most famous criminal defendants.
In December 2019, Mr. Ghosn was transferred from his Tokyo apartment to the Osaka region, where he was smuggled into a private plane to Turkey. He then flew to Beirut, leaving him out of the reach of the Japanese authorities, who accused him of financial wrongdoing.
Japanese prosecutors issued a warrant for Taylor’s arrest in January last year. American officer He was detained in Massachusetts in May. The young Mr Taylor is set to fly to Lebanon, where Mr Ghosh now lives.
While fighting to avoid being sent to Japan, Taylor has spent a few months in a county jail that has an extradition treaty with the United States. The US attorney’s office deemed him “a major risk for flight”, citing his role in Mr Ghosn’s escape, with bail denied.
The men have not denied joining Mr. Ghosn’s flight. Japanese authorities have presented extensive documentation of the role of the two men, including detailed descriptions of their movements before and during Mr. Ghosh’s escape.
According to Japanese officials, Peter Taylor traveled to Japan three times in 2019 to meet Mr. Ghoshan – who was awaiting trial under surveillance at his home in Tokyo – including the day before his escape.
The next day, Mr. Ghosn went to a nearby Tokyo hotel, where he met Michael Taylor and another man, Lebanese Civil War veteran George Antoine Zac. Two people accompanied Mr. Ghosn to Osaka before he hid in a large speaker box and placed it in a private jet tied to Turkey with holes drilled underneath.
Tyler’s lawyers have argued that the charge against him is not a crime in Japan. They also say that men will face arbitrary detention and treatment for torture under Japan’s legal system.
The country has come under criticism from within the country and abroad for a system of “hostage justice”, in which criminal suspects who refuse to commit a crime can be held for a long time without charges.
Mr Ghosan, who maintains his innocence, says he was the victim of a politically motivated campaign by Nissan officials and Japanese officials to motivate him, and he fled the country to escape a justice system.
Mr. Ghosn’s escape to Japan was planned in collaboration with a team of at least 15 operatives around the world, The New York Times previously reported.
Peter Taylor, who works in private security, has in the past helped other international escape operations. He was once hired by the Times for rescue A reporter, David Rohde, From the Taliban. Mr. Rhode fled on his own in 2009.
In Mr. Ghosn’s escape and the months that followed, Mr. Ghosn and his son, Anthony Ghosn, paid more than $ 1.3 million in direct payments to Mr. Taylor and a company he controlled, US prosecutors said in court.