Father and son of United States accused of smuggling ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn from Japan in a box – National


Former Green Beret and son arrested in Massachusetts Wednesday for smuggling Nissan Motor Co. president Carlos Ghosn from Japan in a box while awaiting trial for misconduct financial.

Michael Taylor, a 59-year-old former green beret and private security specialist, and Peter Taylor, 27, are wanted by Japan for helping Ghosn escape the country in December after his bail.

The Taylors were arrested by the US Marshals Service at Harvard. They appeared before a federal prison judge by videoconference, wearing orange coveralls and brown face covers because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Deputy US Attorney Stephen Hassink said Japan plans “as soon as possible” to submit a formal request for the Taylors’ extradition.

A lawyer for the Taylors said that he planned to challenge Japan’s extradition request “on several legal and factual grounds”.

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“Michael Taylor is a distinguished veteran and patriot, and he and his son deserve a full and fair hearing on these matters, both in court and in the executive,” said Paul V. Kelly in an email.

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The story of the bold leak started on December 28, 2019, when Peter Taylor arrived in Japan and met Ghosn at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo for about an hour, authorities said.

Just before 10 a.m. the next day, Michael Taylor traveled to Osaka, Japan, on a Bombardier Global Express chartered plane from Dubai with another man, George-Antoine Zayek, carrying two large black boxes with them. .

Elder Taylor was experienced in delicate situations. Over the years, he was hired by parents to rescue abducted children, went undercover for the FBI in a sting on a Massachusetts drug gang, and worked as a contractor for the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan. . The last posting had taken him to a Utah prison for 14 months, caught in a federal contract fraud case that had upset Taylor’s family and finances before he agreed to plead guilty to two counts.

It is not yet known how Ghosn met Taylor.

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Upon arrival, Taylor and Zayek, his Lebanese colleague, told airport workers that they were musicians carrying audio equipment. Meanwhile, Ghosn, who was not on bail on heavy bail, went to Tokyo’s Grand Hyatt and met Peter Taylor in his hotel room, authorities said.

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Elder Taylor and Zayek joined after a brief stop to rent a separate room near the airport. And soon after their arrival, the group left the Grand Hyatt and separated.

Peter Taylor went to the airport to catch a flight to China, according to court documents. The others jumped on a high-speed train and arrived at Shin-Osaka station about four hours later, authorities said.

They hailed a taxi and returned to the imposing luxury hotel where Taylor and Zayek had reserved a room earlier today.

They all entered; we’ll only see two come out.

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Authorities said Ghosn was in one of the large black boxes, transported by the two men to Kansai International Airport in Japan, authorities said. The boxes passed an unchecked security check and were loaded into a private jet to Turkey, according to the documents.

At 11.10 p.m., the chartered Bombardier, its windows fitted with pleated blinds, took off with Ghosn stowed on board. The robbery first went to Turkey, then to Lebanon, where Ghosn is a national but who has no extradition treaty with Japan.

Two days later, Ghosn announced publicly that he was in Lebanon.

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He said he fled because he could not expect a fair trial, that he had been subjected to unfair conditions of detention and had not been allowed to meet his wife in the part of his bail.

Ghosn maintains that he is innocent of allegations that he underreported his future earnings and breached trust by misappropriating Nissan money for personal gain. He says the compensation was never decided or received, and that the Nissan payments were made for legitimate business purposes.

A spokesperson for Ghosn’s legal team declined to comment on Wednesday’s developments.

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Peter Taylor has visited Japan at least three times since July 2019 and has met Ghosn at least seven times during these visits, according to court records. Japanese officials have also issued a provisional arrest warrant for Zayek.

Lebanese authorities said Ghosn entered the country legally with a French passport, although he was forced to hand over his three passports to his lawyers on bail. He also has Brazilian and Lebanese nationality.

Security firm created by Michael Taylor and partner decades ago was initially focused on private investigations, but their workload has increased thanks to corporate work and unofficial referrals from the State Department and the FBI , including parents whose children had been taken abroad by former spouses.

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In 2012, federal prosecutors alleged that Taylor won a US military contract to train Afghan soldiers using secret information transmitted by an American officer. When Taylor learned that the contract was under investigation, he asked an FBI agent and a friend to intervene, prosecutors continued.

The government seized $ 5 million from the Taylor company bank account. Faced with 50 charges, he spent 14 months in prison before agreeing to plead guilty to two counts. The government has agreed to return $ 2 million to the company and confiscated vehicles.

Richer reported from West Harwich, Mass. Associated Press writers Adam Geller in New York and Yuri Kageyama in Tokyo contributed to this report.

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