On July 19, a Tokyo court sentenced Americans Michael Taylor and Peter Taylor to prison for their role in the escape of former Renault-Nissan head Carlos Ghosn from Japan.
Michael Taylor, a 60-year-old former Green Beret, was sentenced to two years in prison. Peter Taylor, his 28-year-old son, was sentenced to one year and eight months in prison. This was reported by The Wall Street Journal.
Recall that in December 2019, Carlos Ghosn, who was under house arrest in Tokyo, fled to Lebanon, which allowed him to avoid trial on charges of financial fraud. It was alleged that in five years the top manager received about 10 billion yen (almost $ 89 million) as a reward from Nissan Motor, but he declared almost half as much to pay taxes.
According to the investigation, Carlos Ghosn hid in a box that was taken out of Japan on a private plane. At the same time, the former top manager denies the accusations of financial fraud and claims that he fled because he feared that he would not be able to obtain fair justice in Japan.
The Tokyo court found the Taylors guilty of organizing the escape of Carlos Ghosn. He is said to have paid the Americans $ 1.3 million for this service. The defendants themselves stated that they were motivated by an altruistic desire to save a person from the Japanese justice system, which they believed was torturing people. However, after being extradited from the United States to Japan in March of this year, the Taylors said that, given their experience, they no longer believe that Japanese justice is torturing people. The men will serve their sentences in a Japanese prison.
The third alleged organizer of Carlos Ghosn’s escape is Georges-Antoine Zayek. Its location has not yet been established.