Former Inexperienced Beret Arrested in U.S. on Prices He Helped Carlos Ghosn Flee Custody in Japan

A onetime U.S. Military Particular Forces member accused of aiding within the cloak-and-dagger escape of Nissan Motor Co.’s former chairman from Japan will combat any try and extradite him from the U.S., in line with his lawyer.

Michael Taylor, 59, was taken into custody Wednesday by U.S. Marshals and faces attainable extradition to Japan for his alleged position in smuggling Carlos Ghosn out of that nation to Lebanon late final yr. Taylor’s lawyer stated his consumer hasn’t been notified of a proper extradition request however plans to contest any such transfer.

“We don’t but have the precise request for extradition from Japan, nonetheless, as soon as we obtain and have an opportunity to overview it, we totally count on to problem the request on a number of authorized and factual grounds,” legal professional Paul V. Kelly stated Thursday in a press release.

Taylor and his son Peter are being held on the request of Japanese authorities, who’ve 45 days to file a proper extradition request underneath U.S. legislation. They’ve been accused of serving to Ghosn flee Japan, the place he confronted trial for alleged monetary misconduct. Peter Taylor, who can also be represented by Kelly, will problem extradition as properly.

A high official in Japan’s Cupboard stated earlier Thursday that the nation was taking steps to request a speedy extradition, however one Japanese knowledgeable stated that course of might take time and could possibly be tough to hold out.

U.S. prosecutors stated they detained the Taylors the identical day that Peter, 27, had deliberate to fly to Beirut.

Ghosn, an outspoken govt whose late 2018 arrest made headlines all over the world, has denied the fees and accused the Japanese justice system of being rigged in opposition to him. He stays in his native nation, which doesn’t have an extradition treaty with Japan.

In February, Japanese Justice Minister Masako Mori stated in an interview she would “by no means hand over” on her pursuit of the previous auto govt.

–With help from Bob Van Voris.