Americans admit orchestrating ex-Nissan chief’s escape from Japan

The Asahi Shimbun daily said the pair spent most of the money on preparations for the escape, including the costs of chartering a private jet, claiming that they weren’t paid for their help. They face up to three years in prison if convicted of helping Ghosn, who is currently an international fugitive living in Lebanon, which has no extradition treaty with Japan. The escape was hugely embarrassing for Japanese authorities, who termed it “one of the most brazen and well-orchestrated escape acts in recent history”. The questioning took place with his defense team and a Lebanese prosecutor present. Ghosn switched planes in Turkey on his way to Lebanon, and the three Turks were charged with involvement in a conspiracy to smuggle a migrant. Public broadcaster NHK has said Peter received 144 million yen ($1.3 million) from the Ghosns for their help. Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn. Michael and Peter Taylor in undated family photo. Trending News

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The Taylors, along with a Lebanese national still at large, are suspected of orchestrating the December 2019 escape — including putting Ghosn inside an audio equipment case to get him onto the private jet. People walk in the compound of the Tokyo District Court, where a trial of two Americans suspected of helping former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan opened in Tokyo on June 14, 2021. American father and son admit orchestrating ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn’s brazen escape from Japan

June 14, 2021 / 3:02 AM

Americans plead guilty in Carlos Ghosn case

Americans plead guilty in Carlos Ghosn case


An American father-son accused of orchestrating former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn’s audacious escape from Japan admitted their role Monday as they made their first appearance before a Tokyo court. Others involved in the Ghosn case have faced legal proceedings, including his former aide at Nissan, Greg Kelly, who is also on trial in Tokyo for his alleged role in underreporting the tycoon’s income. CBS Boston

The pair fought their extradition to Tokyo, claiming they could face torture-like conditions, and haven’t commented on their case since arriving in early March. And a Turkish court has sentenced two pilots and another employee of a small private airline to four years and two months in prison for their role in Ghosn’s escape. Tokyo’s Deputy Chief Prosecutor Hiroshi Yamamoto has declined to comment on their arraignment, but local media said both men have admitted wrongdoing during questioning. The Japanese plate reads “Court.”

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Ghosn was out on bail while awaiting trial on four counts of financial misconduct, which he denies, when he managed to slip past authorities onto a private jet, transit in Turkey and land in Lebanon. Among them are improper financial interactions with Renault-Nissan’s distributor in Oman, payments by a Dutch subsidiary to consultants, and lavish parties organized at the Palace of Versailles. At the Tokyo district court Monday, the pair said they didn’t contest the facts laid out by prosecutors in an indictment, effectively conceding their role in the saga. Former special forces operative Michael Taylor, 60, and his 28-year-old son Peter were extradited by U.S. CBS News

Ghosn remains at large in Lebanon, where he was questioned last month by French investigators over a series of alleged financial improprieties.