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Court rejects appeal to avoid extradition to Japan over Ghosn escape

  • January 29, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 2:37 p.m.
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NEW YORK — A U.S. federal court on Thursday rejected an appeal to avoid the extradition of two men to Japan to face charges for allegedly helping former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn flee the country.


The State Department had decided to hand over the two men — Michael Taylor, a 60-year-old former Green Beret, and his 27-year-old son Peter Taylor — to Japan.


Their lawyers immediately appealed the ruling by the court in Massachusetts to a higher court in Boston.


According to court documents, the Taylors allegedly helped Ghosn, arrested by Tokyo prosecutors in 2018 and later released on bail, to sneak out of Japan in December 2019 by hiding inside a large box.


Ghosn has remained in Lebanon, where he spent his childhood, after fleeing there via Turkey. Japan does not have an extradition treaty with Lebanon.


Ghosn, who headed Nissan for nearly two decades, was supposed to face trial in Japan on allegations that he misused company funds and understated his remuneration by billions of yen over multiple years.

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