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US Arrests Former Green Beret, Son, Wanted by Japan Over Ex-Nissan Boss Carlos Ghosns Escape


BOSTON/WASHINGTON—U.S. authorities on Wednesday arrested a former U.S. Army Special Forces soldier and another man in Massachusetts wanted by Japan on charges that they enabled the escape of former Nissan Motor Co boss Carlos Ghosn out of the country.

Former U.S. Green Beret Michael Taylor, 59, and his son, Peter Taylor, 27, are accused by Japanese authorities of helping Ghosn last year flee to Lebanon to avoid trial over alleged financial wrongdoing.

The U.S. Marshals Service arrested them in Harvard, Massachusetts, at the request of Japan, which in January issued arrest warrants for both men along with a third, George-Antoine Zayek, in connection with facilitating the Dec. 29, 2019 escape.

Ghosn, who was out on bail at the time, fled to Lebanon, his childhood home, while he was awaiting trial on charges of under-reporting earnings, breach of trust and misappropriation of company funds, all of which he denies.

Prosecutors said Peter Taylor traveled to Japan the day before Ghosns escape and Michael Taylor and Zayek arrived the day it occurred with large black boxes that appeared to be for music equipment.

All three met with Ghosn, who after entering a hotel room with Michael Taylor and Zayek hid in one of the boxes, which was taken to an airport and loaded on a private jet headed for Turkey, prosecutors said.

Ghosn two days later announced he was in Lebanon.

The Taylors were arrested after U.S. law enforcement learned Peter Taylor had booked a flight from Boston to Beirut departing Wednesday with a layover in London, according to court papers.

Following their arrest, the Taylors appeared by video before a federal judge wearing orange prison jumpsuits and face masks because of the coronavirus pandemic.

They are being detained at the request of U.S. prosecutors, who say they pose a risk of flight after aiding Ghosns “brazen” escape. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Hassink said Japan plans to formally seek their extradition as quickly as possible.

Carlos Ghosn Flees Trial in Japan for Lebanon
Carlos Ghosn Flees Trial in Japan for Lebanon
Pedestrians walk past a big screen showing images of former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn in a news program on January 09, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Ghosn was awaiting trial in Japan on charges of financial crimes when he fled house arrest in Tokyo, arriving in Beirut on Dec. 30, 2019. (Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images)

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