The latest report today has it the US judge in Boston has approved the extradition of a father and son accused of helping ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn escape Japan; State Department to decide.

 

On August 28 2020, According to Reuters, The U.S. judge decide that they will  hear arguments over whether two Massachusetts men could be sent to Japan to face charges of helping former Nissan Motor Co Ltd chairman Carlos Ghosn to flee the country to avoid facing financial charges today Friday 4th September 2020.

Veteran U.S. military veteran Michael Taylor and his son, Peter Taylor, have been detained without bail since their arrest in May after allegedly smuggling Ghosn out of Japan in December in a private jet box.

U.S. prosecutors They say the Taylors made it “one of the most brilliant and well-planned escape routes in recent history,” allowing Ghosn to flee to Lebanon, his childhood home, without a repatriation agreement with Japan.

Ghosn fled on December 29, 2019, while awaiting trial on charges of financial irregularity, including forfeiting his compensation in Nissan’s financial statements. Ghosn denies wrongdoing.

Prosecutors allege that both Taylor, an independent security expert, and his son received more than $ 1.3 million from Ghosn and his family members for their services.

Taylor protesters have said they will not be repatriated because the charges against them are fatal, as the Japanese punitive code does not make it a crime to help a person “bail out” or run away unless the person is in custody.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Donald Cabell, who will look into whether they can be repatriated, expressed doubts about the controversy.

When considering whether the Taylors were eligible for bail, Cabell last month said their argument ignores another “incomprehensible” language in a punitive code that allows people to face charges if they cause a person to flee.

Lawyers for Taylors said the conclusion was based on an incomplete record. If the court allows them to be repatriated, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will have the final say on whether they surrendered to Japan.