American duo sentenced to prison by Tokyo court for helping Ghosn flee Japan


FILE PHOTO: Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn talks during an interview with Reuters in Beirut, Lebanon June 14, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

July 19, 2021

TOKYO (Reuters) – A Tokyo court on Monday sentenced U.S. Army Special Forces veteran Michael Taylor to two years in prison and his son to one year and eight months for helping former Nissan Motor Co Ltd chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan, where he had faced charges of financial misconduct.

Michael Taylor and his son Peter pleaded guilty and apologised to the court last month saying they regretted their role in smuggling Ghosn out of Japan hidden in a box aboard a private jet from Japan’s Kansai airport.

Ghosn remains a fugitive in his childhood home of Lebanon, which doesn’t have an extradition treaty with Japan.

(Reporting by Tim Kelly and Eimi Yamamitsu; Editing by Tom Hogue)

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