Two US Citizens Admit Aiding Ex-Nissan Head Ghosn Flee Japan at Tokyo Court, Reports Say

© AP PhotoThis Dec. 30, 2019 image from security camera video shows Michael L. Taylor, center, and George-Antoine Zayek at passport control at Istanbul Airport in Turkey. The U.S. State Department has agreed to turn over to Japan Taylor and his son Peter Taylor, who are accused of smuggling former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn out of the country while he was awaiting trial, the men's lawyers said in legal filing on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020
This Dec. 30, 2019 image from security camera video shows Michael L. Taylor, center, and George-Antoine Zayek at passport control at Istanbul Airport in Turkey. The U.S. State Department has agreed to turn over to Japan Taylor and his son Peter Taylor, who are accused of smuggling former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn out of the country while he was awaiting trial, the men's lawyers said in legal filing on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 - Sputnik International, 1920, 14.06.2021
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TOKYO (Sputnik) - US citizens Michael Taylor and his son, Peter, who were charged with helping former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn flee Japan while awaiting trial, pleaded guilty at a hearing in Tokyo District Court on Monday, Japanese media reported.

The court began the first hearing in the case earlier in the day. In response to the charges, the Taylors admitted that "there is no mistake," the Kyodo news agency quoted them as saying.

The two are accused of having helped organise Ghosn's escape from Tokyo via Turkey to Lebanon at a time when he was under house arrest over financial misconduct back in December 2019. According to the prosecution, they smuggled the ex-Nissan head out of his home in Tokyo in a musical instrument case, while a private jet flew him to Turkey and then to his childhood home in Lebanon.

CC BY 2.0 / Flickr / Norsk Elbilforening / Carlos Ghosn visiting Norway
Two US Citizens Admit Aiding Ex-Nissan Head Ghosn Flee Japan at Tokyo Court, Reports Say - Sputnik International, 1920, 14.06.2021
Carlos Ghosn visiting Norway

Ghosn, a Brazilian-born French businessman of Lebanese descent, was arrested in Tokyo in November 2018 on charges of underreporting income during his time as chairman of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. In a bombshell statement made on New Year's Eve in 2019, he said he was in Lebanon, noting he had fled to escape political persecution.

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