Japanese court sentences two Americans who helped escape Carlos Ghosn’s cinematic escape

Former Automotive Director Carlos Ghosn during an interview

The two Americans accused of helping ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn escape from Japan while he was on bail awaiting trial were convicted and sentenced to prison terms.

The Tokyo District Court sentenced Green Beret Michael Taylor, 60, to two years in prison, and his son Peter, 28, to one year and eight months. As collected by the local agency الوكالة Kyodo.

The two accused pleaded guilty and issued an apology for their role in the auto tycoon’s escape and their defense asked for the sentence to be halted.

In Japan, those who plead guilty also face trial, but cooperating with the prosecution can result in lower sentences or suspended sentences, without imprisonment.

According to the indictment filed by the Japanese Attorney General’s Office, Al Taylor helped Ghosn escape his residence in Tokyo while on bail and move to Osaka (west) on December 29, 2019 where he was secretly taking a flight.

Ghosn hid in a bag of equipment that circumvented airport controls, taking advantage of a breach in the system, and was transferred to a private plane that took him to Lebanon. Stop in Turkey, although the director is forbidden to leave the archipelago under the terms of his release on bail.

Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor

A businessman with triple citizenship (French, Brazilian and Lebanese). He remains in Beirut, which does not have an extradition agreement with Japan.

The father and son were extradited to the Asian country in March of this year, after their arrest at the request of the Japanese attorney general in May 2020 in Massachusetts (US) and the US Supreme Court rejected their appeal.

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Taylor’s family is being held in the custody of Japanese authorities in the same detention center in Tokyo where Ghosn spent more than 100 days. before bail.

The businessman and former head of Nissan, France’s Renault and its alliance, was arrested in Japan in November 2018 on charges of financial misconduct and breach of trust.

Ghosn, who was called to testify in Lebanon after the Interpol red circular was issued at Japan’s request, denied the accusations and claimed to be the victim of a plot orchestrated by the Japanese automaker to get him out of the way when negotiating. Giving more power to your precious partner in the alliance.

(With information from EFE)

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