Two American suspects admitted Monday, on the first day of their trial in Tokyo, that they played a role in the escape of former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn from Japan.
At the beginning of the hearing, charges were read out against Michael Taylor, 60, a former member of the US Special Forces who later transferred to the Special Security Service, and his son Peter Taylor, 28. The defendants did not appeal the charges against them.
Ghosn, who was the chief executive of automakers Nissan and Renault, was suspected of involvement in house arrest fraud in Japan at the end of 2019. Michael and Peter Taylor are suspected of smuggling the businessman out of the country on December 29, 2019. They allegedly hid Ghosn In a box for audio equipment, which was brought on a private plane. Ghosn ended up in Lebanon, which does not have an extradition treaty with Japan.
Ghosn has always said he is innocent of financial fraud and breach of trust. He said he did not expect a fair trial in Japan.