Two Americans arrested in connection with Nissan Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japan

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US officials arrested a former Green Beret and his son on Wednesday on charges of helping former Nissan Motor Co. president Carlos Ghosn flee Japan while awaiting trial for financial misconduct.

Justice Department spokeswoman Nicole Navas said Michael Taylor, 59, and Peter Taylor, 27, were arrested by the US Marshals Service in Harvard, Mass.

The two Americans are wanted by Japanese officials for helping Ghosn flee the country in December after the bail of the former Nissan boss.

Ghosn stated that he fled because he could not expect a fair trial, that he was subjected to unfair conditions of detention and that he was forbidden to meet his wife in connection of his release on bail.

Ghosn said he was innocent of allegations that he had 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.

Several meetings in Japan are said to have

Michael Taylor flew to Japan by private plane from the United Arab Emirates with another man, George-Antoine Zayek, and they brought two large black boxes with them and claimed to be musicians carrying audio equipment, documents say. judicial. They helped Ghosn escape from the airport by hiding him in one of the boxes, according to the documents. Japanese officials have also issued a provisional arrest warrant against Zayek’s arrest.

The men arrived at Kansai International Airport in Japan with baggage that included the two large boxes, and Ghosn was inside one, according to court documents. The baggage passed through a security checkpoint without being checked and was loaded into a private jet to Turkey, according to the documents. Two days later, Ghosn announced publicly that he was in Lebanon.

WATCH l The National report of January 3:

Why disgraced former Nissan president Carlos Ghosn may be beyond the reach of prosecutors after his dramatic escape to Lebanon – despite a request for arrest by Interpol. 2:06

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.

The Taylors were scheduled to appear before a judge by videoconference later Wednesday. No lawyers were listed for them in court documents.

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