İrem UZUN -TDO- U.S. authorities have arrested a former special forces soldier and his son for allegedly helping ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn flee Japan last December. Former Green Beret Michael Taylor and his son Peter Taylor were detained in Massachusetts on Wednesday. Japanese prosecutors issued warrants for their arrest in January along with a third, George-Antoine Zayek.
Federal prosecutors in Massachusetts said that Taylor and his son helped Ghosn last year flee to Lebanon to avoid trial in Japan over alleged financial wrongdoing. Details of the extraction, including the use of two "large black boxes," are laid out with cinematic sweep in a complaint that was unsealed on Wednesday after the Taylors' arrest. The status of the third man is still unclear.
Ghosn, the Brazilian-born multi-millionaire, was arrested in November 2018 and spent months in prison and under house arrest. He was being monitored 24 hours a day with restricted access to internet when he fled to Beirut on December 24. It is believed he first boarded a bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka, where he was picked up by a private jet flying to Istanbul.
According to the documents, Peter Taylor had met with Ghosn at least seven times in the months ahead of the escape. In late December, Taylor flew into Tokyo and met Ghosn at a hotel. Father and son are suspected of taking Ghosn from his home and hiding him inside a musical instrument case before taking him to Kansai airport, where they allegedly helped him evade a security inspection.
Both men are scheduled to appear by videoconference for an initial appearance Wednesday afternoon in federal court in Boston, CNN reports.