Two Americans wanted by Japan arrested for the escape of Carlos Ghosn


US law enforcement officials arrested two Americans on Wednesday, including a former special forces soldier, wanted by Japan for their alleged involvement in helping former Nissan Motor boss Carlos Ghosn to s escape from this country in December.

The Massachusetts District Attorney’s Office said Michael Taylor, 59, and Peter Taylor, 27, 27, were detained in that state in response to an extradition request from the United States by Japan.

The two are scheduled to appear by videoconference for a first appearance Wednesday afternoon in Massachusetts federal court, officials said.

Michael Taylor is a former U.S. Army Green Beret.

Japanese officials issued arrest warrants in January for the two men and a third, George-Antoine Zayek, in connection with the December 29, 2019 escape.

Prosecutors said the Japanese government accused Michael and Peter Taylor of helping Ghosn escape. The former Nissan chief executive officer “has been charged in Japan with financial crimes and has been released on bail pending trial,” US prosecutors said.

News of the arrests was first reported by George Washington University professor Seamus Hughes, who discovered documents related to the busts.

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