Updated Jun 14, 2021 - World

American men plead guilty to helping former Nissan chair escape Japan

Carlos Ghosn, former Nissan chief executive officer, center,  during a news conference at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) in Jounieh, Lebanon, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020.
Carlos Ghosn, former Nissan chair, during a news conference in Jounieh, Lebanon, last September. Photo: Hasan Shaaban/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Americans Michael Taylor and Peter Taylor pleaded guilty in a Tokyo court Monday to helping former Nissan chair Carlos Ghosn escape Japan in a box aboard a plane in 2019, per the Wall Street Journal.

The big picture: Ghosn was awaiting trial in Tokyo on financial misconduct charges following his 2018 arrest when he fled to Lebanon. He denies any wrongdoing.

  • Michael Taylor, a 60-year-old private security specialist and former Green Beret, and his 28-year-old son were extradited to Japan in March.
  • They were arrested in Massachusetts in May 2020.

What to watch: The Taylors face up to three years in prison for the offense of aiding the escape of a criminal, Reuters notes.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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