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U.S. to hand over custody of two American citizens allegedly involved in Ghosn’s escape  

  • October 30, 2020
  • , Asahi, Mainichi , NHK
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Asahi front-paged a finding that the U.S. State Department has conveyed to the GOJ its decision to extradite a U.S. Army Special Forces veteran and his son who allegedly orchestrated former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn’s flight from Japan last December. Once they arrive in Japan, the two suspects will be arrested by the Tokyo District Special Prosecutors’ Office on charges of harboring a fugitive and violating the Immigration Control Law. Secretary Pompeo reportedly decided to extradite the suspects less than two months after a U.S. federal district court in Massachusetts ruled on Sept. 4 in favor of transferring their custody to Japan. Mainichi ran a similar story, noting that the two governments reached an agreement on transferring the U.S. suspects to Japan based on the bilateral extradition treaty. NHK added that although the two suspects were supposed to be transferred to Japan as early as Oct. 29, the process has been suspended due to a complaint filed by the defense team, saying that it remains to be seen when they will arrive in Japan. 

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