Japanese officials have formally requested the United States to extradite two Americans accused of helping former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn to implement his action movie escape from Tokyo.
Federal prosecutors said in court documents on Thursday that Japan had submitted to the U.S. State Department a request for pre-extradition green beret Michael Taylor and his son Peter under the extradition treaty between the two countries.
The disclosure came more than a month after the Federal Reserve arrested the Taylors in May. The Tokyo prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant for the father and son, who allegedly assisted in the execution of the elaborate December capers and brought Ghosn to Lebanon, which involved stuffing the former car executive into the audio equipment box in.
Federal prosecutors said they would provide copies of Japanese extradition requests to Taylor’s lawyers, but these documents did not appear in federal court documents on Friday morning. The State Council referred the issue to the Ministry of Justice, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Neither the Japanese Embassy nor the Taylors’ lawyers immediately responded to emails seeking comment.
These requests were made in the legal battle between the federal government and Taylor Law Firm regarding whether the arrest warrant should be revoked. The legal team of the two argued that their role in Ghosn’s escape did not amount to actual crime in Japan, and prosecutors said it relied on “defective” interpretation of Japanese law.
When he fled, 66-year-old Ghosn was released on bail in Tokyo while he was awaiting trial because he was allegedly underreporting US$80 million in compensation income and withdrawing his own cash. He denied the allegations and said he fled “persecution”.