Organizers of Renault Ex-CEO’s Escape Not to Be Handed Over to Japanese Police

The Boston district court has delayed the extradition of Michael Taylor and Peter Taylor to Japan.

Former US Army Special Forces soldiers are accused of orchestrating the escape of Renault-Nissan ex-CEO Carlos Ghosn. The court had granted their lawyers the right to delay the extradition shortly before the Taylors were due to be sent to Tokyo.

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Carlos Ghosn was arrested in Tokyo in 2018. The ex-CEO was charged with breach of trust, falsifying his income and fraud. Ghosn spent some time in prison, after which he was under house arrest. The former top-manager fled Japan to Lebanon, where he has been remaining until now, at the end of 2019.

According to the Japanese Prosecutor Office, Michael and Peter Taylor received $1.3 million from Carlos Ghosn for organizing his escape. Allegedly, they hid him in a black box from under a musical instrument. Then, the Taylors sent him from Japan to Lebanon by a privet jet. This country was chosen for a reason. Carlos Ghosn, who is a native Brazilian, has Lebanese roots but spent his childhood in Beirut. He also has Lebanese citizenship (in addition to Brazilian and French ones).

Peter and Michael Taylor were arrested in the US in May 2020. The US Department of State approved the decision to hand over the former green berets to Japan at the end of October. However, their lawyers managed to delay the extradition. They expect to get a review of the decision in the future. It is insisted that there is no article in the Japanese law for escaping house arrest.

The ex-CEO,in turn, claims that he fled “not from justice but from injustice and political persecution.” He denies any wrongdoing and says that the case against him was initiated by Nissan, including the company's then president Hiroto Saikawa and other former and current managers.

In the summer of this year, Bloomberg received e-mail correspondence of Nissan’s top-managers, which might indicate Ghosn's innocence, as well as that the company had discussed his “elimination ”. Nissan denies all allegations and believes that these e-mails were fabricated.

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