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Americans convicted in Japan on Ghosn’s escape return home


TOKYO: An American father and son sentenced in Japan for aiding Nissan Former President Carlos Ghosn Their lawyers said on Tuesday, after fleeing to Lebanon, hiding in a box, was returned to the US.
Michael Taylor, a former Green Beret, was sentenced last July at the Tokyo District Court to two years in prison, while his son Peter Taylor sentenced to one year and eight months.
They were found guilty of aiding a criminal in connection with the December 2019 fugitive of Ghosn, who is awaiting trial on various charges of financial misconduct, including underreporting of compensation. usually his.
The Taylors were arrested in Massachusetts in May 2020, and extradited to Japan in March 2021, although they fought against deportation back to Japan.
The US and Japan have an extradition treaty, while Lebanon does not have an extradition treaty with Japan. Ghosn is a Brazilian of French descent Lebanese ancestor.
The US Federal Bureau of Prisons’ online website lists Michael Taylor as being at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles and will be released on January 1, 2023.
Paul V. Kelly, an attorney for the Taylors, said by email that he is in talks with pardon officials about an earlier release. Mr. Kelly, who is based in Boston, said Peter Taylor has been released and returned to his family in Massachusetts.
Japan’s Justice Ministry declined to comment. Nissan was not available for comment.
During the Tokyo trial, Michael and Peter Taylor apologized and admitted guilt, saying they had been deceived by Ghosn. They denied that they had benefited in money because the payment was just enough to cover the costs.
Ghosn, who led Nissan Motor Co. for two decades, saying he was innocent. He said he ran away because he couldn’t expect a fair trial in Japan.

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