A U.S. special forces veteran and his son have admitted to illegally helping former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn flee Japan ahead of his financial misconduct trial, according to a Tokyo-based news agency.
Kyodo’s newswire stated that Michael and Peter Taylor, who were extradited to Japan in March at the request of the Japanese authorities, admitted a series of offenses during their first appearance in court.
They face up to three years in prison in the same prison where Ghosn was held until his release on bail in 2019 – a move that opened the door to the elaborate escape that saw the auto industry part smuggled out of Japan in a music equipment case.
The plot saw Ghosn taken by private plane to Beirut from where he protested his innocence in the case against him, claiming he would not have received a fair trial in Japan.
Lebanon does not have an extradition treaty with Japan.