Father and Son Accused of Helping Ghosn Escape Are Taken to Japan

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Father and Son Accused of Helping Ghosn Escape Are Taken to Japan

The American father-son duo accused of helping former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn escape from Japan were handed over to Japanese authorities Monday and put on a flight to Tokyo, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Michael Taylor, a 60-year-old former Green Beret, and his son Peter Taylor, 28, were likely to be transported to a Tokyo detention center after arrival in Japan from the U.S. on Tuesday, the same jail where Mr. Ghosn was sent after his arrest in Tokyo in November 2018.

The Taylors fought a nine-month legal battle to avoid deportation, which ended after an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was rejected.

Japanese authorities have issued warrants for the arrest of the Taylors in connection with Mr. Ghosn’s daring escape in late December 2019. Authorities say the elder Mr. Taylor escorted Mr. Ghosn on a 300-mile trip from Tokyo to Osaka’s international airport, where Mr. Ghosn was smuggled aboard a private jet in Mr. Taylor’s luggage. Mr. Ghosn stopped over in Turkey and then flew to Beirut, where he now lives.

Peter Taylor met Mr. Ghosn at a Tokyo hotel on the day of the escape, as well as on earlier occasions in 2019 and helped with arrangements, according to Japanese authorities.

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