Updated Mar 2, 2021 - World

2 Americans accused of helping Ghosn escape in Japanese custody

Carlos Ghosn, former Nissan chief executive officer, pauses during a news conference at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) in Jounieh, Lebanon, on Tuesday, Sept. 29

Former Nissan chair Carlos Ghosn during a news conference in Jounieh, Lebanon, last September. Photo: Hasan Shaaban/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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.

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.
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