Two Americans Extradited to Japan to Face Trial in Aiding Nissan Boss Carlos Ghosn’s Escape

Two American men, accused of helping former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn flee the country, have been extradited to Japan. 

An American father and son, Michael Taylor, 60, and Peter Maxwell Taylor, 27, have been charged with helping former Nissan chief, Carlos Ghosn, flee Japan last year hidden aboard a box on a private jet. 

Ghosn, who stands accused of multiple charges of financial misconduct, escaped to his childhood home in Lebanon, which has no extradition policy with Japan. 

The Taylors have been working to avoid extradition for months. However, the U.S. Supreme Court approved the pair for the handover to Japanese authorities last month. 

Prosecutors have said the two men were paid $1.3 million for Ghosn’s successful escape, of which they planned meticulously for several weeks. While Ghosn was released on bail in Tokyo, he took a train to Osaka before the Taylors smuggled him onto a private plane to Turkey. Upon arrival, he flew to his home country of Lebanon. 

While the Taylors await sentencing from the Japanese government, a Turkish court convicted the two pilots of the plane and the executive of the company that owned the plane for their role in Ghosn’s escape. 

Ghosn has since held a press conference in Lebanon, in which he denied any financial wrongdoing and called himself a “hostage” of Japan due to its “rigged” penal system. 

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