America detains two men suspected of complicity in the escape of Carlos Ghosn
Wednesday – 27 Ramadan 1441 AH – 20 May 2020 CE
Carlos Ghosn during a press conference in Beirut after fleeing Japan (Reuters)
Washington: «Middle East Online»
Today, Wednesday, US authorities arrested a former Special Forces soldier and another man that Japan is seeking to arrest, on charges that they helped flee Carlos Ghosn, the former president of Nissan Motor Company, according to Reuters.
Court records indicated that former soldier Michael Taylor and the other man, Peter Taylor, were expected to appear before a federal judge in Worcester, Massachusetts, via video technology.
Ghosn had fled to Lebanon to escape the Japanese justice system, which he described as a “manipulative”, as he was facing charges related to financial crimes that he denied.
About two weeks ago, a lawyer said that the Turkish prosecutor had prepared an indictment of seven people, including four pilots, in connection with the escape of Carlos Ghosn, former Nissan chairman, from Japan to Lebanon via Istanbul.
The Turkish police arrested the suspects on January 2, and an Interior Ministry official was quoted at the time as saying that the Turkish border police had not received a notice that Ghosn had arrived nor had he been logged in or exited.
The next day, the Turkish private aircraft company, MNG Jet, said that Ghosn illegally used two of his planes to flee Japan, using an employee who faked the records to remove his name from the documents. The company said at the time that it had filed a criminal complaint.