On Thursday, a federal judge in the United States authorized extradition to Tokyo of two Americans who were arrested in May 2020 on suspicion of helping auto mogul Carlos Ghosn flee Japan.
Judge Indira Talwani ruled that Michael Tyler and his son Peter Tyler had failed to prove that they would be subjected to torture-like conditions in Japanese prisons, which would warrant a violation of the extradition treaty between Tokyo and Washington.
The ruling stated, “Although the prison conditions in Japan may be regrettable and although the criminal procedures that the Tyler family may face may not conform to the concepts of the American legal process, these charges do not constitute + pain, physical suffering or Psychic + including the rules. ”
Talwani said that the two men had not proven that they “are likely to be subjected to ‘severe physical pain and suffering’, and to measures calculated in a manner that causes profound disturbances of the senses or personality + or the threat of death.
It also indicated that the charges they face constitute a crime in the United States as well as in Japan.
It is reported that Michael Tyler, a former member of the US Special Forces who moved to work in private security, was arrested with his son in May 2020 after Japan issued an arrest warrant against them.
Peter Tyler was arrested in Boston while trying to leave for Lebanon, which is not bound by an extradition treaty with Japan, and where Ghosn, of Lebanese origin, fled.
Tyler, father and son, were arrested pending a court hearing regarding their extradition, as the possibility of their escape was taken into account.
Japan accused Michael and Peter Tyler, as well as the Lebanese George Antoine Zayek, of helping the former head of the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi alliance to escape justice by fleeing the country on December 29, 2019.
He was released on bail at the time while facing charges of financial crimes.
US court documents show that he is suspected of trying to help Ghosn hide a large sum of money in a suitcase resembling a musical instrument bag and then board a private plane.
Michael and Peter Tyler’s attorney immediately appealed the decision, but it was not clear when the appeal session would take place.
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