The United States has handed over two Americans, a father and son, to Japanese authorities accused of helping Carlos Ghosn, the former Nissan boss, escape the country.
The two men were accused last year of helping Ghosn escape Japan, hiding in a box on a private plane.
Ghosn fled to Lebanon, his childhood home, due to the lack of an extradition agreement with Japan.
The Americans, Michael Taylor and his son Peter, fought a months-long battle to avoid extradition in the case.
The US Supreme Court last month cleared the way for the extradition of Taylor and his son, who had been in US custody since their arrest in May.
The two men, who are from Massachusetts, have been held in Boston prison since their arrest.
Lawyers for the two defendants said they were handed over to Japanese officials early on Monday.
Prosecutors said the two men received $ 1.3 million to help Ghosn escape from Japan on December 29, 2019.
Michael Taylor, 60, is a private security specialist and former US Special Forces component who ran a security company called the US Special Security Service, a private military contracting firm that focused on helping clients overcome difficult situations abroad. .
Ghosn’s escape from Tokyo to Beirut was meticulously planned over a period of several weeks or months, according to media reports.
The Japanese Broadcasting Corporation reported that CCTV footage showed Ghosn leaving his home heading to a nearby hotel, then joining two other men.
The three took a train to Osaka, and then headed to a hotel near Kansai International Airport.
It is believed that Ghosn was hiding in one of two large black box-like bags, and they were loaded onto a private plane without being examined by the authorities.
Last month, a Turkish court indicted an executive director of the Turkish airline “MG” and two pilots for their role in Ghosn’s escape from Japan.
The former Nissan CEO was first arrested for financial misconduct in November 2018 for allegedly failing to report his salary package for five years until 2015.
He was subsequently charged with several other charges, including an accusation by Nissan that he directed the company’s funds to achieve personal enrichment.
The millionaire spent months in prison and under house arrest, was under surveillance 24 hours a day, and his internet use was restricted.
After his escape, Ghosn held a press conference in Lebanon, during which he denied the accusations against him of committing financial misconduct in Japan, and claimed that the country’s justice system is “flawed.”
He also described himself as a “hostage” in the country, facing the choice of either death there or flee.
He said he underwent interrogations that lasted eight hours a day, and was denied any contact with his wife, Carol.