Sentencing for Americans who helped Carlos Ghosn escape from Japan


A court in Japan is to sentence two Americans, a father and son, who smuggled Carlos Ghosn, the ex-Nissan Motor Company chief, from a trial in Japan in 2019 in a large musical instrument case.

At a hearing earlier this month, Japanese prosecutors recommended that father Michael Taylor, a former US soldier, be sentenced to two years and 10 months in prison, and his son Peter Taylor to two years and six months in prison.

They pleaded guilty to charges of helping Ghosn escape to Beirut, a development that was as shocking as Ghosn’s arrest in November 2018 for alleged financial crimes.

With Ghosn’s escape, and the fact that he could not be extradited, the two men became Ghosn’s attorneys in his case, according to Bloomberg News.

Greg Kelly, a former Nissan boss who was arrested on the same day as Ghosn’s boss, is also on trial. Ghosn and his two agents denied the accusations.

Defense lawyers for the defendants confirmed that they should receive a suspended sentence.


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