Japanese Court Sentences Americans Who Helped Ghosn Escape
A Tokyo court sentenced former US Army Special Forces soldier Michael Taylor and his son Peter Taylor to prison for helping former Nissan chair Carlos Ghosn, escape from Japan.
A Tokyo court sentenced Monday, former 'Green Beret' Michael Taylor to two years in prison and his son Peter to one year and eight months for helping former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn flee the country.
In June, Taylor and his son admitted to helping Ghosn, adding that they regret their doing so.
Taylor and Peter pleaded guilty to helping Ghosn escape from Kansai International Airport in December 2019.
The United States arrested Taylor and his son in Massachusett in May 2020 and extradited them to Japan in March 2021, and held them in the same Tokyo prison as Ghosn.
Prosecutors revealed that Taylor and his son were paid $1.3 million for their services and another $500,000 in legal fees.
Ghosn - the former chairman and CEO of Nissan, former chairman of Mitsubishi, and former president and CEO of Renault - was arrested in Japan in 2018 for under-reporting his salary and using company money for personal purposes.
In January 2020, the Lebanese judiciary imposed a travel ban on Ghosn based on the Interpol red notice issued following his escape from Japan.