US approves extradition of Carlos Ghosn's accused escape plotters

The US State Department has approved turning over to Japan two Massachusetts men to face charges that they helped smuggle former Nissan Motor Co chairman Carlos Ghosn out of the country while he was awaiting trial on financial crimes.

2020-10-30 06:20:00 AM

The US State Department has approved turning over to Japan two Massachusetts men to face charges that they helped smuggle former Nissan Motor Co chairman Carlos Ghosn out of the country while he was awaiting trial on financial crimes.

The US State Department has approved turning over to Japan two Massachusetts men to face charges that they helped smuggle former Nissan Motor Co chairman Carlos Ghosn out of the country while he was awaiting trial on financial crimes.

Lawyers for the Taylors did not immediately respond to requests for comment, nor did the White House and State Department.The State Department's decision came after a federal magistrate judge in September rejected the two men's challenge to their potential extradition after their arrests in May at the request of Japanese authorities.

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Prosecutors say the Taylors facilitated a “brazen” escape in which Ghosn fled Japan on December 29 2019, hidden in a box and on a private jet before reaching Lebanon, his childhood home, which has no extradition treaty with Japan. Read more: Times LIVE »

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