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America arrests suspects in Ghosn’s escape from Japan
The U.S. reportedly arrested an ex-Green Beret and his son for allegedly helping former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn escape from Japan in 2019.
Japan will have 45 days to submit an extradition request for former Green Beret Michael Taylor, 59, and his son, Peter Taylor, 27, after the two were arrested by U.S. authorities Wednesday for their alleged roles in helping former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn flee Japan to avoid trial over alleged financial wrongdoing.
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The Taylors were arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service in Harvard, Massachusetts. They appeared before federal Judge Donald Cabell from jail via videoconference on Wednesday, wearing orange jumpsuits and tan face coverings due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Hassink said Japan plans “as quickly as possible” to submit a formal request to extradite the Taylors.
AMERICANS ARRESTED FOR HELPING FORMER NISSAN EXEC CARLOS GHOSN FLEE JAPAN: FEDS
Authorities say Ghosn was inside luggage containing two big black boxes, which were brought to Japan’s Kansai International Airport on Dec. 29, 2019, by Michael Taylor and another man, George-Antoine Zayek. According to court documents, the luggage passed through a security checkpoint without being checked and was loaded onto a private jet headed for Turkey.
At their arrival, Taylor and Zayek told airport employees they were musicians carrying audio equipment.