Green Beret, son arrested in Ghosn escape are flight risk: Prosecutors
America arrests suspects in Ghosn’s escape from Japan
The U.S. reportedly arrested an ex-Green Beret and his son for allegedly helping former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn escape from Japan in 2019.
Authorities fear the former Green Beret and his son accused of helping Nissan’s former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, jump bail are a flight risk and could use the same tactics they allegedly employed to help the embattled business exec in his elusive escape from Japan, court papers show.
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Federal prosecutors slammed attorneys for Michael and Peter Taylor and their efforts to have the case against them dropped. Earlier this month, the legal team representing the pair told a judge that “bail jumping” is not a crime in Japan, and, therefore, helping someone evade bail conditions isn’t a crime either.
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But in a response to the motion on Tuesday, prosecutors argued that “nothing” in their argument “warrants a reversal of the court’s decision or their release.”
“The government is unaware of any case where a provisional arrest warrant was quashed based on a fugitive’s opinion of foreign law that is contrary to the interpretation proffered by the foreign government,” prosecutors wrote in a motion filed Tuesday. “The purported loophole through which the Taylors seek to evade justice simply does not exist.”
Japan’s Deputy Chief Prosecutor Takahiro Saito said Japan has issued arrest warrants and urged the U.S. to extradite the pair.
Ghosn, who led Nissan for two decades, has said he is innocent of allegations he under-reported his future income and committed a breach of trust by diverting Nissan money for his personal gain. He says the compensation was never decided on or received and the Nissan payments were for legitimate business purposes.
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He said he fled Japan in December because he believes he could not expect a fair trial.
Taylor, a 59-year-old former Green Beret-turned-private-security-specialist, and his 27-year-old son, were accused of orchestrating an elaborate plan, with the help of the third person, that allegedly involved the elder Taylor and an accomplice posing as musicians, according to the criminal complaints pertaining to their May arrests. The alleged scheme is further described in Tuesday’s motion.