2 Americans accused of helping Ghosn escape in Japanese custody
Two Americans accused of helping former Nissan chair Carlos Ghosn flee Japan in a box in 2019 were taken into Japanese custody after arriving at an airport near Tokyo Tuesday, per the Wall Street Journal.
Why it matters: The extradition of Michael Taylor, 60, a private security specialist and former Green Beret, and his son Peter Maxwell Taylor, 27, ends a months-long fight to remain in the U.S.
- A request for the Supreme Court to hear an emergency appeal was denied last month.
The big picture: Ghosn was awaiting trial in Tokyo on financial misconduct charges following his 2018 arrest when he fled to Lebanon. The Lebanese citizen denies any wrongdoing.
- The Taylors, from Massachusetts, had been detained in a Boston jail since their arrest last May.
- When asked during an interview with Vanity Fair last year why he became involved in Ghosn's escape, Michael Taylor responded by quoting the Special Forces' motto: "De oppresso liber" or "to liberate the oppressed."
- He told AP last month his son wasn't involved in the operation.