U.S. officials on Wednesday arrested a former Special Forces soldier and another individual wanted by Japan on charges that they allowed the escape of former Nissan Motor boss Carlos Ghosn out of the country.
Federal prosecutors in Massachusetts stated former U.S. Green Beret Michael Taylor, 59, and his son, Peter Taylor, 27, helped Ghosn in 2019 to escape to Lebanon to evade trial in Japan over alleged financial wrongdoing. Ghosn has denied all charges.
Japan in January released arrest warrants for both men along with a third, George-Antoine Zayek, in relation with arranging the December 29, 2019 escape. The Taylors are set to appear by video conference before a federal judge on Wednesday.
A lawyer for both Taylors have not commented on the issue.
U.S. legal papers recount the information about Ghosn’s escape including his departure from Japan hidden in a large black box aboard a private jet.
The Japanese embassy in Washington and Nissan Motor have not commented yet. A representative for Ghosn refused to comment.