Americans Michael Taylor and his son Peter could face jail terms of up to three years after Tokyo prosecutors charged them on Monday with illegally helping former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan more than a year ago.
Extradited by U.S. authorities this month, the U.S. Army Special Forces veteran and his son have been detained in the same prison in the Japanese capital where Ghosn was held. In a statement, the Tokyo prosecutors’ office said the men knowingly helped Ghosn evade punishment and escape to Lebanon by hiding him in carry-on luggage aboard a private jet that departed from western Japan’s Kansai airport in December of 2019.
The prosecutors did not say when they expect the trial to start. Japan’s conviction rate is 99 percent. Ghosn remains a fugitive in his childhood home, Lebanon, which has no extradition treaty with Japan.