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US extradites father and son accused of helping Ghosn flee Japan

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Two Americans, father and son, wanted to help former Nissan president Carlos Ghosn escape from Japan in a box, were handed over to Japanese custody on Monday.

According to the British newspaper The Guardian, Michael Taylor and his son, Peter Taylor, failed to convince US authorities and courts to block extradition to Japan, where they will be tried on charges of helping Ghosn flee the country in 2019, while awaiting trial for misconduct. financial conduct.

Massachusetts men, detained in a Boston suburban prison since May, were handed over on Monday morning, said one of their lawyers, Paul Kelly.

Their lawyers argued that the charges do not fall under the law under which Japan wants to try them and that they will be prosecuted. treated unfairly and subjected to “torture physical and mental ”. In addition, they accused Japan of pursuing the pair in an attempt to “save” themselves after the embarrassment of Ghosn’s escape.

Michael Taylor, a veteran of the United States Army special forces, never denied the charges. In an interview with Vanity Fair last year he described the mission in detail. When asked why he did it, he responded with the motto of the special forces: “De oppresso liber” or “Liberate the oppressed”.

On the other hand, insisted that the son was not involved and he wasn’t even in Japan when Ghosn ran away.

In an interview with AP, Michael Taylor begged Joe Biden to intervene and said that they felt betrayed because the United States would try to hand him over to Japan. However, the Biden government refused to block extradition.

According to the prosecution, on the day of the escape, Michael Taylor flew to Osaka in a chartered jet with another man, George-Antoine Zayek, with two large black boxes and pretending to be musicians with audio equipment. Ghosn went to the Grand Hyatt in Tokyo and met with Peter Taylor.

Michael Taylor and Zayek met the other two at the Grand Hyatt and then parted ways. Peter Taylor took a flight to China, while the others boarded a train and returned to another hotel near the airport, where Taylor and Zayek had booked a room. Everyone came in, but Ghosn was never seen leaving.

Authorities say that Ghosn was inside one of the big black boxes. At the airport, the boxes passed a security checkpoint and were taken in a private jet bound for Turkey.

The news of Carlos Ghosn’s escape took the Japanese authorities by surprise. The foreign and border services had no information about Ghosn’s departure.

Ghosn is said to have entered Lebanon with a French passport. The aim of the escape would be to find a more favorable legal environment for Ghosn. Lebanon had initiated contacts with the Japanese government so that the manager could be tried in Beirut.

Lebanon received an international warrant from Interpol for the arrest of the former Renault-Nissan president. Turkish authorities have already detained and placed seven people in custody, including four pilots, all suspected of helping Ghosn escape from Japan to Lebanon.

Maria Campos Maria Campos, ZAP //

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