Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn, speaks at a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon.  File picture: Maya Alleruzzo/AP
Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn, speaks at a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon. File picture: Maya Alleruzzo/AP

Two arrested in US for allegedly smuggling Nissan's Carlos Ghosn out of Japan

By dpa Time of article published May 20, 2020

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Washington/New York - The United States arrested two people on Tuesday for their alleged role in smuggling former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn out of Japan where he was facing trial, according to court documents filed in Massachusetts.

Michael and Peter Taylor are scheduled to appear before a judge later in the day, according to the filings, which did not note any attorneys for the defence.

Michael, the older Taylor, is reportedly a former green beret, a member of the elite special forces unit of the US military. Peter is his son.

They managed to get Ghosn out of Japan by pretending to be musicians and hiding him in boxes that looked like they were holding music equipment.

The boxes escaped detection by customs authorities in Japan before being loaded onto a private plane, according to the paperwork.

The suspects are wanted in Japan and a warrant was issued for them earlier this year. The case material was unsealed in the US following their arrests, according to the filings.

Ghosn, who once led the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Motors alliance, was arrested in November 2018 in Japan and charged with financial crimes.

He has denied all charges but fled to Lebanon in December last year, in a complex operation, saying he was escaping "injustice and persecution," and claiming there was a political element to the case.

The court filings say the suspects arranged numerous meetings with Ghosn in Japan. Other individuals were also involved, the allegations say.

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