The judge’s decision came after the US State Department agreed to extradite two men from Massachusetts, whom Japanese authorities accuse of helping smuggle former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn out of the country while awaiting trial for financial misconduct.
Lawyers for the former US Special Forces military, Michael Taylor and his son Peter, revealed the ministry’s decision in a lawsuit in the Boston Federal Court, as they seek to delay the handover expected to take place later Thursday.
It is noteworthy that a ruling was issued by Judge Donald Capel on Friday that two men from Massachusetts could be extradited to Japan to face accusations of their involvement in the smuggling of Carlos Ghosn, former executive director of Nissan Cars, who was awaiting trial in Japan for financial crimes.
Judge Capel in Boston rejected the arguments made by Michael Taylor, who previously served in the US Army Special Forces, and his son, Peter Taylor, to prevent their extradition, paving the way for the US State Department to consider the extradition request.
It is worth noting that the former CEO of “Nissan Motors” Carlos Ghosn, succeeded in escaping from the grip of the Japanese authorities, using one of its aircraft illegally and without her knowledge.
Ghosn had spent months in Japan preparing to appear in court for financial wrongdoing. Or at least, that was what the Japanese authorities had believed.
Ghosn left prison on bail of 1 billion yen (equivalent to $ 8.9 million) in April of last year.
He was placed under surveillance by 24-hour cameras, and his use of technology and communications was restricted, and he was prohibited from traveling outside the country.
Suddenly, in a move that embarrassed Japan and baffled his legal team, Ghosn appeared in Lebanon on New Year’s Eve. He said in a statement: “I have fled injustice and political persecution.”