Supreme Court authorizes extradition to Japan of two accomplices in Carlos Ghosn’s flight

Supreme Court authorizes extradition to Japan of two accomplices in Carlos Ghosn’s flight

Supreme Court authorizes extradition to Japan of two accomplices in Carlos Ghosn’s flight

The two men were arrested in May 2020 after Tokyo issued an arrest warrant for them.

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Supreme Court authorizes extradition to Japan of two accomplices in Carlos Ghosn’s flight

Posted the 02/14/2021 9:26 AM

Update the 02/14/2021 10:14 AM

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The US Supreme Court on Saturday 13 February lifted the last obstacle to the extradition to Japan of two Americans accused of helping former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn to flee Tokyo to Lebanon in December 2019. The Supreme Court judge rejected the appeal by Michael Taylor and his son Peter Taylor to stay the decision of a US federal judge. This judge ruled in January that the arguments of Michael and Peter Taylor, according to which they risked being subjected to conditions close to torture in the Japanese prisons, were not sufficient to derogate from the treaty of extradition between Tokyo and Washington.

The two men were arrested in May 2020 after Tokyo issued an arrest warrant for them. Japan accuses Michael and Peter Taylor, as well as Lebanese George-Antoine Zayek, of helping Carlos Ghosn escape justice by fleeing the country on December 29, 2019. Peter Taylor was arrested in Boston as he tried to flee the United States for Lebanon, where the former boss of Renault-Nissan took refuge, and where there is no extradition treaty with Japan. With his father, Michael, a former member of the American special forces who had been converted into private security, they were detained because they were considered to present a “great risk of flight”.

According to US court documents, the three men allegedly helped Carlos Ghosn hide in a large slush fund, similar to a musical instrument box, which they then boarded a private jet, the control luggage was not compulsory at the time for this type of device.

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