2 Americans Tied to Carlos Ghosn’s Escape to Be Extradited to Japan


TOKYO — Two American men believed to have helped Carlos Ghosn, the former Nissan chief, escape Japan in a speaker box in 2019 as he faced criminal charges lost their last bid on Saturday to block their extradition from the United States to Japan.

Without comment, Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request by lawyers for the two men — Michael Taylor, 60, a former Green Beret, and his son Peter Maxwell Taylor, 27 — to suspend a lower court order that cleared the way for them to be sent to Japan to face trial.

The two men are wanted for their role in a caper that seemed straight out of a Hollywood movie, with the country’s most famous criminal defendant fleeing right under the authorities’ noses.

In December 2019, Mr. Ghosn was spirited from his Tokyo apartment to the Osaka region, where he was smuggled onto a private plane bound for Turkey. He then flew on to Beirut, putting him out of reach of the Japanese authorities, who had accused him of financial wrongdoing.

The next day, Mr. Ghosn walked to a nearby Tokyo hotel, where he met with Michael Taylor and another man, George Antoine Zayek, a veteran of the Lebanese civil war. The two men accompanied Mr. Ghosn to Osaka, before hiding him in a large speaker box with holes drilled in the bottom and placing him aboard the private jet bound for Turkey.


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